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
Your world was shaped in indelible ways by these deaths and others like them, and many of you courageously took to join one of the largest protest movements in decades to try to wrest some semblance of justice from these tragedies.
But for soldiers, protesters, and bystanders alike, the cycles of unrest and repression can erase any semblance of normalcy, amid school closures, internet blackouts, and curfews.
Mrs. Trump was integral to creating a semblance of a process, facilitating meetings on both sides of the aisle in order to better inform the President's decision making, according to a White House spokesperson.
As the Cubs try to regain a semblance of the sustained success that enabled them to cruise to the 2016 National League Central title, the long-range goal of possessing controllable starting pitching persists.
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.
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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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