from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The appearance of truth; verisimilitude.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The appearance of truth; verisimilitude.


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  • This vraisemblance, which is so seldom witnessed in the opera, seemed to strike every eye.

    Edmond Dantès

  • I mean that probability or vraisemblance which is so highly esteemed, but which the commonest workers are able to substitute for the true.

    The Bride of Messina, and On the Use of the Chorus in Tragedy

  • Can distinctly recollect heated correspondence in Time and Tide regarding vraisemblance or otherwise of Jamaica children, and now range myself, decidedly and forever, on the side of the author.

    A Different Stripe:

  • Google's Brave New World gained extra acreage and more vraisemblance Monday with the release of the latest upgrades to its mapping tools.

    Schmidt's Google Gets Closer To 3D Model Of Planet Schmidt's Google Gets Closer To 3D Model Of Planet

  • In the most improbable fiction, the reader still desires some air of vraisemblance, and does not relish that the incidents of a tale familiar to him should be altered to suit the taste of critics, or the caprice of the Author himself.


  • In its literary form this is analogous to the realism effect, the technique of vraisemblance: it is the irrelevance of certain items in a story to its narrative that communicates the effect of the real: why would they be described at all if they were not "true"?

    Is Literary History the History of Everything? The Case for 'Antiquarian' History

  • If Mrs. Tattle tells Mrs. Tittle a lie about Mrs. Jenkins, she knows very well Mrs. Tittle will not believe her unless her lie has some spice of fact to go on, unless it has _vraisemblance_, truth-likeness, an appearance of foundation at least.

    The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 4, April, 1864

  • On peut donc travailler librement en acceptant avec vraisemblance l'idée que tout est ouvert.

    Entretiens / Interviews / Entrevistas

  • This action, coupled with the similarity of the scene and its surroundings, the ship in the distance with her flag half on the hoist, the sunset glow, and the fact of my being on board a steamer then as now, brought back to my mind at once the incidents of that memorable evening of the past, more than seven years ago now, the _vraisemblance_ between the two being simply astounding!

    The Ghost Ship A Mystery of the Sea

  • His reply was: "I was just fourteen, and I played the soubrette characters in an amateur company -- a line that I could hardly assume with any degree of vraisemblance now."

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 101, May, 1876


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  • In Cleveland they'll mime nonchalance

    For cocksureness' vraisemblance.

    Despite a brave show

    At heart they must know

    The exercise is a totentanz.

    July 8, 2016