Origin of appearance
Examples from the Web for appearances
He seemed by all appearances perfectly happy to let the Republicans control the state senate.Mario Cuomo: An OK Governor, but a Far Better Person|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
He knows he was lucky that way; but also that appearances can be deceptive.
Joe Biden was there to ‘kiss the ring,’ while John McCain boasted of a record 101 appearances.Kissy-Face The Nation: Washington’s Power Elite Smooch Bob Schieffer|Lloyd Grove|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Conservative columnist Reihan Salam suggested that GOP-backed minimum wage discussions might be feints for appearances only.To Make Their Victory Durable, the GOP Must Fix the Minimum Wage|Dmitri Mehlhorn|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He makes no appearances—no debates, no town halls—and nobody seems to care!
Appearances rather favouring the latter opinion, we determined on proceeding through it to the southward.
She might ignore the letter to all appearances, and yet not be able to forget it.The Mission of Poubalov|Frederick R. (Frederick Russell) Burton
We can see only the appearances of things, and not things themselves.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
By all appearances it might be a mile to bottom instead of two hundred feet.Dutch Courage and Other Stories|Jack London
They told her you were dead; they told her you were false; appearances were such she had no chance not to be deceived.Put Yourself in His Place|Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for appearances
- the formal attendance in court of a party in an action
- formal notice that a party or his legal representative intends to maintain or contest the issueto enter an appearance
- the outward or phenomenal manifestation of things
- the world as revealed by the senses, as opposed to its real natureCompare reality (def. 4)
Word Origin and History for appearances
late 14c., "visible state or form, figure; mere show," from Anglo-French apparaunce, Old French aparance "appearance, display, pomp" (13c.), from Latin apparentia, abstract noun from aparentem, past participle of apparere (see appear). Meaning "semblance" is recorded from early 15c.; that of "action of coming into view" is mid-15c. Phrase keep up appearances attested from 1760 (save appearances in same sense is 1711).
Idioms and Phrases with appearances
see keep up appearances; put in an appearance.