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[ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood] /ˌvɛr ə sɪˈmɪl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability:
The play lacked verisimilitude.
something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
Origin of verisimilitude
1595-1605; < Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum truth) + similitūdō similitude Unabridged
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  • And there the effect is not only verisimilar but wonderful in its verisimilitude.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
  • Now as to the verisimilitude, the miraculousness, and the fact, of this medicinal oil.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • In fictional narration, verisimilitude is absolutely essential.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • Shaw places it far above painting because of its verisimilitude!

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • So far I have been very full, I know, and verisimilitude has been my watchword rather than the true affidavit style.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • The great charm of these works, which had captivated the million, was their verisimilitude.

    Peter Parley's Own Story Samuel G. Goodrich
  • For there is no surer way of giving an air of verisimilitude to fiction than to mix with it some particles of truth.

  • The details that Harry supplies give an air of verisimilitude to his narrative.

    Sir William Wallace A. F. Murison
  • I am never tired of their bewitching absurdity, their inevitable defects, their irresistible touches of verisimilitude.

    Venetian Life William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for verisimilitude


the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; quality of seeming true
something that merely seems to be true or real, such as a doubtful statement
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vērisimilitūdō, from vērus true + similitūdōsimilitude
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Word Origin and History for verisimilitude

c.1600, from French verisimilitude (1540s), from Latin verisimilitudo "likeness to truth," from veri, genitive of verum, neuter of verus "true" (see very) + similis "like, similar" (see similar).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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