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verisimilitude

[ ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood ]

noun

  1. the appearance or semblance of truth; genuineness; authenticity:

    The play lacked verisimilitude.

  2. something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.


verisimilitude

/ ˌvɛrɪsɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd /

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 History and Origins

Origin of verisimilitude1

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum “truth”) + similitūdō similitude
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Word History and Origins

Origin of verisimilitude1

C17: from Latin vērisimilitūdō, from vērus true + similitūdō similitude
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Example Sentences

And the conceit of total artifice deprives us of what Tolstoy is best at: marrying artifice with verisimilitude.

Orwell needed a certain level of artifice to maintain verisimilitude.

Yet Pakula also sought to inject well-researched verisimilitude in his film.

It appears she writes about these things because excluding them would strain verisimilitude far more than including them.

But including real-world details and events can also add verisimilitude and depth to a story, something Silva does quite well.

Neither the model, the wood, nor the varnish possesses much verisimilitude at different periods of his career.

The unconventionality and vitality of such a production are startling, and obtain a high degree of verisimilitude.

Have suppressed names of men and places, thus sacrificing verisimilitude on altar of discretion.

But this absolute failure in verisimilitude is practically universal before Scott.

This verisimilitude, it should be observed, is not only difficult to attain: it seems not to be easy even to recognise.

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