- outward aspect or appearance.
- an assumed or unreal appearance; show.
- the slightest appearance or trace.
- a likeness, image, or copy.
- a spectral appearance; apparition.
Origin of semblance
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Examples from the Web for semblance
And any semblance of normality that had previously existed seemed to have evaporated.How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
Still, amid the uncertainty the residents of Bab al-Salameh do their best to carve a semblance of order into their lives.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions
April 14, 2014
And it was clear we would not even maintain a semblance of friendship.My Therapist Dumped Me
April 4, 2014
It took months, she said, for any semblance of normality to take root.Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive
April 2, 2014
First, the Neesonesque action hero must convey some semblance of hard-earned depth, which helps older viewers identify.Why Respected Screen Veterans Are Following Liam Neeson’s Footsteps
February 28, 2014
The lawyer, therefore, leaned forward with a semblance of frank eagerness.Within the Law
It was merely a semblance, which effaced itself; the vanishing of an illusion.The Dream
The yards, taken as a whole, have some semblance to a real garden.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
We shall have him,' he cried, ridding himself of the semblance as hastily as he had assumed it.Barnaby Rudge
The semblance of a trial followed; he was condemned and transported to Cayenne.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
- outward appearance, esp without any inner substance or reality
- a resemblance or copy
Word Origin and History for semblance
c.1300, "fact of appearing to view," from Old French semblance, from semblant "likeness, appearance," present participle of sembler "to seem, appear," from Latin simulare "to resemble, imitate," from similis "like" (see similar (adj.)). Meaning "person's appearance or demeanor" is attested from c.1400; that of "false, assumed or deceiving appearance" is from 1590s. Meaning "person or thing that resembles another" is attested from 1510s.