Origin of semblance
Examples from the Web for semblance
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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Then Rhun began jesting with the maid, who still kept the semblance of her mistress.The Mabinogion|Lady Charlotte Guest
Nevill's expression was most peculiar as he spoke, and the semblance of a smile hovered about his lips.In Friendship's Guise|Wm. Murray Graydon
Callous, self-dependent in semblance, think what her sufferings are, empaled by memory and conscience.Alone|Marion Harland
There was no bitterness between the friends, no semblance of an estrangement of any sort.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
That House is no representative of the people at all, even in "semblance" or "in form."
Word Origin 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.