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noun sem·blance \ˈsem-blən(t)s\

Definition of semblance

  1. 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

  2. 2 :  aspect, countenance

  3. 3a :  a phantasmal form :  apparitionb :  image, likeness

  4. 4 :  actual or apparent resemblance her story bears some semblance to the truth

Examples of semblance in a sentence

  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 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

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noun sem·blance \ˈsem-blən(t)s\

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

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noun sem·blance \ˈsem-bləns\

Definition of semblance for Students

  1. :  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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