semblance


sem·blance

noun \ˈsem-blən(t)s\

: the state of being somewhat like something but not truly or fully the same thing

Full Definition of SEMBLANCE

1
a :  outward and often specious appearance or show :  form <wrapped in a semblance of composure — Harry Hervey>
b :  modicum <has been struggling to get some semblance of justice for his people — Bayard Rustin>
3
a :  a phantasmal form :  apparition
b :  image, likeness
4
:  actual or apparent resemblance <her story bears some semblance to the truth>

Examples of SEMBLANCE

  1. <tried to project some semblance of confidence even though public speaking terrified her>
  2. <a used-car dealer with only a semblance of honesty>

Origin of SEMBLANCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from sembler to be like, seem — more at resemble
First Known Use: 14th century

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