American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An outward or token appearance: "Foolish men mistake transitory semblance for eternal fact” ( Thomas Carlyle).
- n. A representation; a copy.
- n. The barest trace; a modicum: not a semblance of truth to the story.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or fact of being like of similar; likeness; similarity; resemblance.
- n. Likeness; image; exterior form.
- n. Face; countenance; aspect.
- n. Appearance; outward seeming; show.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.
- n. Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude.
- n. picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
- n. an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
- n. an erroneous mental representation
- Middle English, from Old French, from sembler, to resemble; see semblable. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I had laid out like an eight-week to ten-week timeline where we could get the city back in semblance of order.”
“Sophia, Imperial honors, a stately palace, a numerous household, was liberally bestowed by the piety of her adopted son; on solemn occasions he attended and consulted the widow of his benefactor; but her ambition disdained the vain semblance of royalty, and the respectful appellation of mother served to exasperate, rather than appease, the rage of an injured woman.”
“(as it is strongly expressed by Tacitus) into a certain semblance of wine, was sufficient for the gross purposes of German debauchery.”
“I don’t care if Jackie Chan doesn’t fit Goku’s general look, why can they not retain semblance of Asian culture, in either film?”
“We who knew HENRY WINTER DAVIS are not content to clothe ourselves in the outward garb of grief, and call the semblance of mourning a fitting tribute to the gifted orator and statesman, so suddenly snatched from our midst in the full glory of his mental and bodily strength.”
“Thus -- to sum up Browning's view of knowledge -- we are ignorant of the world; we do not know even whether it is good, or evil, or only their semblance, that is presented to us in human life; and we know nothing of”
“In a lodging you are promptly and respectfully personalized; your tastes are consulted, if not gratified; your minor wants, in which your comfort lies, are interpreted, and possibly there grows up round you the semblance, which is not altogether deceitful, of your own house.”
“Sometimes, therefore, the political economists invest economic conditions with a human semblance, that is, when they are attacking a particular abuse, but at other times, which is mostly the case, they interpret these conditions in their strict economic meaning, as distinguished from human conditions.”
“Or maybe some shred of evidence, of some kind of semblance of interest”
“There ` s got to be some kind of semblance as to this investigation.”
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