verisimilitude; appearance of truth

Word Origin for vraisemblance

French, from vrai true + semblance
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Related Words for vraisemblance

realism, vraisemblance

Examples from the Web for vraisemblance

Historical Examples of vraisemblance

  • This vraisemblance, which is so seldom witnessed in the opera, seemed to strike every eye.

    Edmond Dants

    Edmund Flagg

  • On the wealth and vraisemblance and variety of character it were superfluous to dilate.

    The Antiquary, Complete

    Sir Walter Scott

  • This seemed to me to exceed the limits of vraisemblance even for a folk-tale.

  • His characters would fail in vraisemblance, and his incidents would lack in interest.


    W. Gilmore Simms

  • Between the preacher and the pews there is certainly neither affinity nor vraisemblance.

    Western Worthies

    J. Stephen Jeans