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sem·blance

 (sĕm′bləns)
n.
1. An outward or token appearance: "Foolish men mistake transitory semblance for eternal fact" (Thomas Carlyle).
2. A representation; a copy.
3. The barest trace; a modicum: not a semblance of truth to the story.

[Middle English, from Old French, from sembler, to resemble; see semblable.]

semblance

(ˈsɛmbləns)
n
1. outward appearance, esp without any inner substance or reality
2. a resemblance or copy
[C13: from Old French, from sembler to seem, from Latin simulāre to imitate, from similis like]

sem•blance

(ˈsɛm bləns)

n.
1. outward aspect or appearance.
2. an assumed or unreal appearance; show.
3. the slightest appearance or trace.
4. a likeness, image, or copy.
5. a spectral appearance; apparition.
[1250–1300; < Middle French, <sembl(er) to seem (see resemble)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.semblance - 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"
appearance, visual aspect - outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
color of law, colour of law - a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law; "the plaintiff claimed that under color of law the officer had deprived him of his civil rights"
simulacrum - an insubstantial or vague semblance
face value - the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth
guise, pretence, pretext, pretense - an artful or simulated semblance; "under the guise of friendship he betrayed them"
camouflage, disguise - an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something; "the theatrical notion of disguise is always associated with catastrophe in his stories"
verisimilitude - the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
2.semblance - an erroneous mental representationsemblance - an erroneous mental representation  
fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow, apparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
appearance - a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"
irradiation - the apparent enlargement of a bright object when viewed against a dark background
phantom limb - the illusion that a limb still exists after it has been amputated
3.semblance - picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
Identikit, Identikit picture - a likeness of a person's face constructed from descriptions given to police; uses a set of transparencies of various facial features that can be combined to build up a picture of the person sought
ikon, picture, icon, image - a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface; "they showed us the pictures of their wedding"; "a movie is a series of images projected so rapidly that the eye integrates them"
portrait, portrayal - any likeness of a person, in any medium; "the photographer made excellent portraits"

semblance

noun appearance, show, form, air, figure, front, image, bearing, aspect, mask, similarity, resemblance, guise, façade, pretence, veneer, likeness, mien They had nursed Peter back to some semblance of health.

semblance

noun
Translations
شِبْه، مَظْهَر خارجي
podobazdání
líking, svipur, mynd
līdzībalīdzīgums

semblance

[ˈsembləns] Napariencia f
when they have restored the country to some semblance of ordercuando hayan devuelto al país cierta apariencia de normalidad
without a semblance of regretsin mostrar ningún remordimiento
without a semblance of fearsin dar señal alguna de miedo
to put on a semblance of sorrowprocurar mostrarse or parecer triste

semblance

[ˈsɛmbləns] nsemblant m
a semblance of sth → un semblant de qch
At least a semblance of normality has been restored to parts of the country → Certaines parties du pays ont retrouvé au moins un semblant de normalité.
some semblance of sth → un semblant de qch
They had nursed Peter back to some semblance of health → Il avaient soigné Peter et lui avaient redonné un semblant de santé.

semblance

n (with def art) → Anschein m(of von); (with indef art) → Anflug m(of von); without a semblance of a smileohne den leisesten Anflug eines Lächelns; to maintain some semblance of orderden Anschein von Ordnung wahren; he had the semblance of an experienced lawyerer erweckte den Anschein eines erfahrenen Anwalts; I saw in him the semblance of his father (liter)ich konnte in ihm die Ähnlichkeit mit seinem Vater erkennen; it possessed some semblance of reality (liter)es schien beinahe Wirklichkeit zu sein (liter)

semblance

[ˈsɛmbləns] nparvenza, apparenza

semblance

(ˈsembləns) noun
an appearance or likeness. I have to coach them into some semblance of a football team by Saturday.
References in classic literature ?
The profound and treacherous night with its silence and semblance of peace settled upon the camp.
Miss Hepzibah, by secluding herself from society, has lost all true relation with it, and is, in fact, dead; although she galvanizes herself into a semblance of life, and stands behind her counter, afflicting the world with a greatly-to-be-deprecated scowl.
It was a folly, with the materiality of this daily life pressing so intrusively upon me, to attempt to fling myself back into another age, or to insist on creating the semblance of a world out of airy matter, when, at every moment, the impalpable beauty of my soap-bubble was broken by the rude contact of some actual circumstance.
King of Japan, whose lofty jet they say at times assumed the semblance of a snow-white cross against the sky?
So like a choice casket is it secreted in him, that I have known some whalemen who peremptorily deny that the Sperm Whale has any other brain than that palpable semblance of one formed by the cubic-yards of his sperm magazine.
Of the chief feature of the feast -- the huge wild boar that lay stretched out so portly and imposing at the start -- nothing was left but the semblance of a hoop-skirt; and he was but the type and symbol of what had hap- pened to all the other dishes.
All about us rose gigantic masses, crags, and ramparts of bare and dreary rock, with not a vestige or semblance of plant or tree or flower anywhere, or glimpse of any creature that had life.
Here we have religion and robbery the allies of each other --devils dressed in angels' robes, and hell presenting the semblance of paradise.
A tremendous roar arose from the throat of Saint Antoine, and a forest of naked arms struggled in the air like shrivelled branches of trees in a winter wind: all the fingers convulsively clutching at every weapon or semblance of a weapon that was thrown up from the depths below, no matter how far off.
My aunt informed me how he incessantly occupied himself in copying everything he could lay his hands on, and kept King Charles the First at a respectful distance by that semblance of employment; how it was one of the main joys and rewards of her life that he was free and happy, instead of pining in monotonous restraint; and how (as a novel general conclusion) nobody but she could ever fully know what he was.
All these and more came flocking; but with looks Down cast and damp, yet such wherein appear'd Obscure som glimps of joy, to have found thir chief Not in despair, to have found themselves not lost In loss it self; which on his count'nance cast Like doubtful hue: but he his wonted pride Soon recollecting, with high words, that bore Semblance of worth not substance, gently rais'd Their fainted courage, and dispel'd their fears.
But you must not suppose, because Marcela chose a life of such liberty and independence, and of so little or rather no retirement, that she has given any occasion, or even the semblance of one, for disparagement of her purity and modesty; on the contrary, such and so great is the vigilance with which she watches over her honour, that of all those that court and woo her not one has boasted, or can with truth boast, that she has given him any hope however small of obtaining his desire.