Definition of semblance in English:

semblance

noun

mass noun
  • 1The outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different.

    ‘she tried to force her thoughts back into some semblance of order’
    • ‘But the bigger the budget, the less control for the auteur - and the fainter any semblance of reality.’
    • ‘Such distance is based on the insight that all of the upheaval is ultimately just a non-substantial proliferation of semblances that do not really concern the innermost kernel of our being.’
    • ‘In some of the sculptures Holley is more explicitly figurative, bending wires into semblances of human profiles or, in at least one case, painting a head on an assemblage element.’
    • ‘These Mucks also have semblances of arms, although they are probably useless.’
    • ‘He knows them to be vidharma, anti-religious movements, chala-dharma, false religion, or dharmabhasa, mere semblances of religion.’
    • ‘Maybe a nice shot of single malt medicine would bring them back to some semblance of reality.’
    • ‘Braugher is the only one who appears to have a semblance of dignity.’
    • ‘The donors may enjoy better control over the economic affairs of the country in the absence of any semblance of fiscal system.’
    • ‘The only option left now for the devastated Democratic party is to rally together and show some semblance of a united front.’
    • ‘Change produces anxiety - especially a postmodern change in which all semblances of certainty have been removed.’
    • ‘Like anything else of importance (goodness, understanding, God), adoration (or love, as we might as well call it) is plagued by false semblances.’
    • ‘It was one long string of notes, connected not in harmony or key, but with semblances of consistency that emerge in rhythm and timbre.’
    • ‘Still, the Raiders have to generate some semblance of pressure with their front four.’
    • ‘We get no closer to any semblance of truth, or any semblance of an idea of the best possible way forward.’
    • ‘To ordinary perception it seems full of characters and objects, all the semblances of a world.’
    • ‘The distorted semblances of the trees on the other side were vaguely visible through it, mocking him cruelly in the emptiness.’
    • ‘He is trying to hold onto the last semblances of honor.’
    • ‘The trick here is meticulous preparation in order to avoid the intrusion of any semblance of reality.’
    • ‘Truly dramatic explanations must, however, bear some semblance of reality.’
    • ‘Can amnesia run so deeply as to eliminate all traces of any sort of memories, semblances thereof, or feelings thereof?’
    appearance, outward appearance, approximation, show, air, guise, pretence, facade, front, veneer
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    1. 1.1archaic Resemblance; similarity.
      ‘it bears some semblance to the thing I have in mind’
      • ‘Obviously the Napster that return today has no semblance to the original: bar the logo and the name.’
      • ‘All semblances to actual persons or events, living or dead, is frankly impossible, but if there is a resemblance then it is either accidental, or a lampoon, and in either case you can't prove it so don't bother suing me.’
      • ‘It isn't until she starts in with lyrics that any semblance to the original recording manifests.’
      • ‘At that phase, some of his works had some semblance to nature, like the barks of trees or a rocky landscape.’
      • ‘To some observers in the office she bore only a vague semblance to the miniature Aussie singer.’
      resemblance, likeness, sameness, similar nature, similitude, comparability, correspondence, comparison, analogy, parallel, parallelism, equivalence
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from sembler ‘seem’, from Latin similare, simulare ‘simulate’.

Pronunciation

semblance

/ˈsɛmbləns/