Definition of verisimilitude in English:



mass noun
  • The appearance of being true or real.

    ‘the detail gives the novel some verisimilitude’
    • ‘They situate and reassure the reader by promoting verisimilitude, the quality of appearing to be real.’
    • ‘Painted with an almost Dutch-Renaissance verisimilitude, Harrison's work is of extreme close-ups that focus us on expressively open faces.’
    • ‘I would let verisimilitude and photogenics dictate my route more than proximity to Madison Square Garden.’
    • ‘Because of my developing view that there is often more verisimilitude than veracity in folk wisdom, I carried out a replication.’
    • ‘But the younger generation of Congressmen - its members are in their 20s and 30s - imparts verisimilitude to the definition.’
    • ‘I'm writing about an experience that isn't my own, and in order to ensure some degree of verisimilitude, I use details from my own experience.’
    • ‘After all, this is a TV series in which Stephen Hawking's wheelchair is able to transform and fly; it is not exactly striving for verisimilitude.’
    • ‘Poe saw how ‘all are affected by the potent magic of verisimilitude.’’
    • ‘In terms of Hollywood verisimilitude, that's pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘At the same time, Western artists are exacting and relentless in their pursuit of historical verisimilitude.’
    • ‘That is, does it have verisimilitude, the appearance of being true or real?’
    • ‘This is a very slight discrepancy from strict verisimilitude here, but one that revealingly triggers disproportionate reactions among critics.’
    • ‘Jonson's use of strict verisimilitude helps to facilitate yet another layer of deception by employing a fixed sense of time.’
    • ‘The fragment seemed Kosher, with phraseology, vocabulary, metaphor, style and expression of apparent authenticity and verisimilitude.’
    • ‘As a novelist, I strive for verisimilitude: the appearance of reality.’
    • ‘Fantasy fiction relies heavily on generic verisimilitude, precisely because so much of its content centres around what is ‘not real’.’
    • ‘Research is vital but I have a problem with focussing too much on verisimilitude.’
    • ‘In other words, Clarissa's language mirrors the novel's verisimilitude, while Lovelace's repeats the figures of fiction's past.’
    • ‘But what does stand out in Adrian's novel is the way he combines verisimilitude with implausibility.’
    • ‘Graphics are to games what verisimilitude is to a novel.’
    accuracy, exactness, exactitude, precision, preciseness, correctness, scrupulousness
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Early 17th century: from Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis ‘probable’, from veri (genitive of verus ‘true’) + similis ‘like’.