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verisimilitude

[ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood]
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noun
  1. the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.
  2. something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
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Origin of verisimilitude

1595–1605; < Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum truth) + similitūdō similitude
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verisimilitude

noun
  1. the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; quality of seeming true
  2. something that merely seems to be true or real, such as a doubtful statement
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin vērisimilitūdō, from vērus true + similitūdō similitude
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Word Origin and History for verisimilitude

n.

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).

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