verisimilitude


veri·si·mil·i·tude

noun \-sə-ˈmi-lə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

: the quality of seeming real

Full Definition of VERISIMILITUDE

1
:  the quality or state of being verisimilar
2
:  something verisimilar
veri·si·mil·i·tu·di·nous \-ˌmi-lə-ˈtüd-nəs, -ˈtyüd-; -ˈtü-də-nəs, -ˈtyü-\ adjective

Examples of VERISIMILITUDE

  1. <the novel's degree of verisimilitude is compromised by 18th-century characters who speak in very 21st-century English>

Origin of VERISIMILITUDE

Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis verisimilar, from veri similis like the truth
First Known Use: circa 1576

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

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