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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of appearing to be true or real. See Synonyms at truth.
  • n. Something that has the appearance of being true or real.

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  • n. the property of seeming true, of resembling reality; resemblance to reality, realism
  • n. a statement which merely appears to be true

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being verisimilar; the appearance of truth; probability; likelihood.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being verisimilar; the appearance of truth; probability; likelihood: as, the verisimilitude of a story.
  • n. That which is verisimilar; that which has the appearance of a verity or fact.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Latin vērīsimilitūdō, from vērīsimilis, verisimilar; see verisimilar.

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From Latin vērīsimilitūdō ("likeness to truth"), more correctly written separately as vērī similitūdō; from vērī, genitive singular of vērus ("true, real"), + similitūdō ("likeness, resemblance").


  • In science fiction this verisimilitude is achieved by using explanations, (or simply terms and phrases that hint of explanations) that fit into the scientific world-view: 'hyperspace' is a valid setting for a science fiction scene, but 'heaven' is not.

    Putting SciFi in its place

  • Where the story of the Guardians lacks in verisimilitude and its painfully similarity to the plot of Avatar (the plight of the Ga'Hoole tree dwellers cum Na'vi tree of life), it makes up for in being a fulfilling excuse for 3-D.

    Kathleen Osborn: The Winged Warriors of Ga'Hoole: Owl Movie Is a Sobering Elixir in 3-D

  • The effectiveness lies in verisimilitude, and this is a vital point.

    Some Thoughts, Part Five – Marketing « The Graveyard

  • Thirdly, verisimilitude is a very slippery concept philosophically speaking anyway.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • Firstly, verisimilitude is a scientific value, one deeply embedded in the philosophy of science and crudely defined for SF as the desire to write a piece where everything is technically correct from the standpoint of contemporary scientific theory.

    The Aesthetics of Fat

  • "Negotiation and solidarity are the twin subjects of this quietly impressive docudrama, and Mungiu's commitment to verisimilitude is so scrupulous that he deliberately introduces the equivalent of Chekhov's famed gun without the slightest intention of providing a final-act payoff."

    GreenCine Daily: Cannes. 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days.

  • You have to admire any woman who uses the word verisimilitude correctly, and I'm not just saying that because she reads the blog and I want to have sex with her.

    The Thunder Run

  • In my experience, the key feature here is "verisimilitude"--the illusion of truth.

    When do Themes Collide?

  • 45These discontinuities should not be considered "flaws" in verisimilitude; rather, they disclose that the prerogative of the studioli, like Cusa's religious icon, was to strike — even unsettle — the emotions of its observers.

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • To say that fiction is artifice will cause no controversy, and at its best Wood’s book serves as an ingenious examination of some of the methods by which such artifice is created; but Wood’s latter claim, that fiction is rooted in verisimilitude, is considerably more divisive, and it is an argument to which Wood returns again and again throughout the book, to worry at its edges.



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  • From pp. 57-58 of Patrick Leigh Fermor's "A Time to Keep Silence":

    The Trappist any normal criterion, is sombre and stern. But legend...has smothered its stark outlines with ivy-leaves of a still more baleful tinct. According to a rumor widespread in France, Trappist monks greet each other daily with the words Frère il faut mourir, and a mythical agendum in the duties of a monk is the digging of his own tomb, a few spadefuls a day... Many aspects of Trappist life lend additional verisimilitude.

    January 21, 2014

  • Curent day politicians are good at presenting facts which are verisimilitude.

    February 18, 2013

  • "I carried it behind the screen that concealed the hair-washing area, and wiped at a perfectly clean area just for verisimilitude..." -Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris

    February 5, 2011

  • I always wonder if there is some kind of word-formation technique corresponding to this word. I'll be verihappy if there is~

    May 17, 2009

  • I love the Teenage Fanclub song by the same name:

    "I don't need an attitude

    Rebellion is a platitude

    I only hope the verse is good

    I hate verisimilitude"

    January 10, 2009

  • Of course, the most famous usage of it in literature:

    "Corroborative detail intended to provide artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative."

    -- W.S. Gilbert, "The Mikado"

    July 4, 2008

  • I personally like my list better than Letterman's namby-pamby thing.

    April 20, 2007

  • When this word entered the annals of philosophy over half a century ago, no one would have anticipated that the word would come to describe a chasm captivating a generation of tv watchers.

    March 1, 2007