Meaning of semblance in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɛmbləns/

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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’
    • ‘Like anything else of importance (goodness, understanding, God), adoration (or love, as we might as well call it) is plagued by false semblances.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was one long string of notes, connected not in harmony or key, but with semblances of consistency that emerge in rhythm and timbre.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He knows them to be vidharma, anti-religious movements, chala-dharma, false religion, or dharmabhasa, mere semblances of religion.’
    • ‘He is trying to hold onto the last semblances of honor.’
    • ‘The distorted semblances of the trees on the other side were vaguely visible through it, mocking him cruelly in the emptiness.’
    • ‘Change produces anxiety - especially a postmodern change in which all semblances of certainty have been removed.’
    • ‘These Mucks also have semblances of arms, although they are probably useless.’
    • ‘To ordinary perception it seems full of characters and objects, all the semblances of a world.’
    • ‘Can amnesia run so deeply as to eliminate all traces of any sort of memories, semblances thereof, or feelings thereof?’
    • ‘Truly dramatic explanations must, however, bear some semblance of reality.’
    • ‘But the bigger the budget, the less control for the auteur - and the fainter any semblance of reality.’
    • ‘The trick here is meticulous preparation in order to avoid the intrusion of any semblance of reality.’
    • ‘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 only option left now for the devastated Democratic party is to rally together and show some semblance of a united front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The donors may enjoy better control over the economic affairs of the country in the absence of any semblance of fiscal system.’
    appearance, outward appearance, approximation, show, air, guise, pretence, facade, front, veneer
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    1. 1.1 archaic Resemblance; similarity.
      ‘it bears some semblance to the thing I have in mind’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Obviously the Napster that return today has no semblance to the original: bar the logo and the name.’
      • ‘To some observers in the office she bore only a vague semblance to the miniature Aussie singer.’
      • ‘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.’
      resemblance, likeness, sameness, similar nature, similitude, comparability, correspondence, comparison, analogy, parallel, parallelism, equivalence
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Middle English from Old French, from sembler ‘seem’, from Latin similare, simulare ‘simulate’.