Definition of verisimilitude in English:

verisimilitude

noun

mass noun
  • The appearance of being true or real.

    ‘the detail gives the novel some verisimilitude’
    • ‘That is, does it have verisimilitude, the appearance of being true or real?’
    • ‘As a novelist, I strive for verisimilitude: the appearance of reality.’
    • ‘In other words, Clarissa's language mirrors the novel's verisimilitude, while Lovelace's repeats the figures of fiction's past.’
    • ‘Graphics are to games what verisimilitude is to a novel.’
    • ‘Fantasy fiction relies heavily on generic verisimilitude, precisely because so much of its content centres around what is ‘not real’.’
    • ‘But what does stand out in Adrian's novel is the way he combines verisimilitude with implausibility.’
    • ‘This is a very slight discrepancy from strict verisimilitude here, but one that revealingly triggers disproportionate reactions among critics.’
    • ‘The fragment seemed Kosher, with phraseology, vocabulary, metaphor, style and expression of apparent authenticity and verisimilitude.’
    • ‘They situate and reassure the reader by promoting verisimilitude, the quality of appearing to be real.’
    • ‘Because of my developing view that there is often more verisimilitude than veracity in folk wisdom, I carried out a replication.’
    • ‘At the same time, Western artists are exacting and relentless in their pursuit of historical verisimilitude.’
    • ‘But the younger generation of Congressmen - its members are in their 20s and 30s - imparts verisimilitude to the definition.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Research is vital but I have a problem with focussing too much on verisimilitude.’
    • ‘Jonson's use of strict verisimilitude helps to facilitate yet another layer of deception by employing a fixed sense of time.’
    • ‘In terms of Hollywood verisimilitude, that's pinpoint accuracy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Poe saw how ‘all are affected by the potent magic of verisimilitude.’’
    accuracy, exactness, exactitude, precision, preciseness, correctness, scrupulousness

Origin

Early 17th century from Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis ‘probable’, from veri (genitive of verus ‘true’) + similis ‘like’.

Pronunciation

verisimilitude

/ˌvɛrɪsɪˈmɪlɪtjuːd/