- n. Plural form of verisimilitude.
“The language employed is not some absolutist means of communication but a very cynical construction of distractions, distortions and meaninglessness designed to tenderize our brains so we cling to images, symbols, key words, representations, and 'verisimilitudes' of substance - to cop a postmodernist term.”
“Hence, for example, some have argued that Abelard's statement in his theology disclaiming any ability or pretense to address the issues necessary for salvation or to give anything more than verisimilitudes about the divine, is a concession to his persecutors more than a sincere statement of his view of his own work.”
“This shows that in the case of literary forgeries one need not be surprised by verisimilitudes, and that it is never safe to say that a literary forger could not have done this or that.”
“If one has a taste for that kind of thing the merest starting-point becomes a coign of vantage, and then by a series of logically deducted verisimilitudes one arrives at truth -- or very near the truth -- as near as any circumstantial evidence can do.”
“It is hardly possible to construct a play with no characters but monarchs and their suites, and at the same time preserve the verisimilitudes of life.”
“The danger is that despite the verisimilitudes of text, setting and costume, a viewer's grasp of events may not match the fabric being woven onstage.”
“Oh, for goodness 'sake, can we get beyond the world of personalities and verisimilitudes of the debates, and the meaningless analyses of every word that a politician utters, and have instead insightful, impartial and meaningful look into the issues that actually do matter ...”
“But instead of challenging his beliefs, Shepard's descent into poverty only adds to the already vexing verisimilitudes of poverty.”
“But lest those who are ignorant of the force of mathematical demonstrations and who are not accustomed to distinguish true reasons from mere verisimilitudes, should venture. without examination, to deny what has been said, I wish it to be considered that the motion which I have now explained follows as necessarily from the very arrangement of the parts, which may be observed in the heart by the eye alone, and from the heat which may be felt with the fingers, and from the nature of the blood as learned from experience, as does the motion of a clock from the power, the situation, and shape of its counterweights and wheels.”
“a taste for that kind of thing the merest starting-point becomes a coign of vantage, and then by a series of logically deducted verisimilitudes one arrives at truth -- or very near the truth -- as near as any circumstantial evidence can do.”
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