Definition of semblance
1a : outward and often specious appearance or show : form wrapped in a semblance of composure — Harry Herveyb : modicum has been struggling to get some semblance of justice for his people — Bayard Rustin
4 : actual or apparent resemblance her story bears some semblance to the truth
Examples of semblance in a Sentence
tried to project some semblance of confidence even though public speaking terrified her
a used-car dealer with only a semblance of honesty
Recent Examples of semblance from the Web
I’d almost always prefer to stay awake, at least until 9 p.m. local time, to better adjust to the change in time zone and get myself on (at least some semblance of) a schedule.
Sooner rather than later, the drama that currently hangs over every second will melt into air, and some semblance of normal life will return.
The panic crested shortly after 11 p.m., and some semblance of stability crept back into the vast currency markets.
The alternative — two big-tent parties competing to expand their appeal to new constituencies — is the only way to restore some semblance of comity to a nation deeply riven by factionalism.
According to the Times, his advisors have somehow managed to wrangle Trump into a semblance of comparative sanity during the final stretch of the campaign.
A fourth was a large man — about 6-foot-5 — who had the semblance of a grizzly bear, according to a friend.
Instead, Webster's nationalistic swagger was just the first in a series of reform movements to bully the English language into a semblance of order--whatever the reformer in question considered the order to be.
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Origin and Etymology of semblance
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from sembler to be like, seem — more at resemble
First Known Use: 14th century
SEMBLANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of semblance for English Language Learners
: the state of being somewhat like something but not truly or fully the same thing
SEMBLANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of semblance for Students
: outward appearance Everyone was rushing around with tools and wood and there was the semblance of a house emerging … — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
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