Definitions of semblance

  1. Likeness; resemblance; outside appearance; as, the semblance of truth. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. Likeness: appearance: figure. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. Seeming; appearance. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. Show; likeness; image; appearance. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. Likeness; appearance; show; figure. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6. an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading; "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  7. Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude; as, the semblance of worth; semblance of virtue. Webster Dictionary DB

Usage examples for semblance

  1. Is it worth while to disturb Hogarth's mind, to lead him to make fruitless inquiries, to wear himself out in attempting to prove what I fear cannot be proved, to make him feel that he has robbed you with even less semblance of justice than before? – Mr. Hogarth's Will by Catherine Helen Spence
  2. Isabelle had expected that the trial would be in some sort of public building, which might have at least the semblance of serving as a temple of justice. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)