outward aspect or appearance.
an assumed or unreal appearance; show.
the slightest appearance or trace.
a likeness, image, or copy.
a spectral appearance; apparition.
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How to use semblance in a sentence
For memorable morning hours, blue sky seemed to stretch from horizon to horizon, with close scrutiny required to spot the wispiest semblance of clouds.On Saturday, blue sky gave few signs of gathering storm | Martin Weil | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
The vacuum insulated travel mug keeps drinks hot for hours Maintaining some semblance of a social life these days isn’t easy.This Zojirushi Mug Makes My Winter Walks Tolerable | Monica Burton | January 29, 2021 | Eater
For the last four and a half years of his life, from 1963 until his death in April of 1968, King lived without any semblance of privacy.The FBI's Surveillance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Relentless. But Its Findings Paint a Fuller Picture for Historians | Benjamin Hedin | January 18, 2021 | Time
If there is any sliver of consolation to be had for the Wizards, it’s that the team finally found some semblance of a spark off the bench over the weekend.Wizards’ Thomas Bryant expected to miss rest of season with torn ACL | Ava Wallace | January 10, 2021 | Washington Post
After months of patients avoiding hospitals and clinics for fear of viral exposure, immunizations are coming online that promise to return society, and the drug industry, to some semblance of normal.AstraZeneca acquires rare-disease specialist Alexion in $39 billion deal | kdunn6 | December 13, 2020 | Fortune
And any semblance of normality that had previously existed seemed to have evaporated.
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 | Christopher Looney | April 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And it was clear we would not even maintain a semblance of friendship.
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 | Nina Strochlic | April 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Andrew Romano | February 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He turned his eyes upon her; but no sympathy was in their beams; no belief in the semblance of her tears.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Like art, too, on its representative side, play aims at producing an imitation or semblance of something.
The imitative impulse prompting to the production of the semblance of something appears very early in child-life.
A quite young child will, for example, pretend to do something, as to take an empty cup and carry out the semblance of drinking.
Secure in his authority, to its outward semblance he was rather indifferent.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
British Dictionary definitions for semblance
outward appearance, esp without any inner substance or reality
a resemblance or copy
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