veri·​si·​mil·​i·​tude | \ ˌver-ə-sə-ˈmi-lə-ˌtüd How to pronounce verisimilitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of verisimilitude

1 : the quality or state of being verisimilar
2 : something verisimilar

Other Words from verisimilitude

verisimilitudinous \ ˌver-​ə-​sə-​ˌmi-​lə-​ˈtüd-​nəs How to pronounce verisimilitude (audio) , -​ˈtyüd-​ ; -​ˈtü-​də-​nəs , -​ˈtyü-​ \ adjective

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From its roots, verisimilitude means basically "similarity to the truth". Most fiction writers and filmmakers aim at some kind of verisimilitude to give their stories an air of reality. They need not show something actually true, or even very common, but simply something believable. A mass of good details in a play, novel, painting, or film may add verisimilitude. A spy novel without some verisimilitude won't interest many readers, but a fantastical novel may not even attempt to seem true to life.

Examples of verisimilitude in a Sentence

the novel's degree of verisimilitude is compromised by 18th-century characters who speak in very 21st-century English
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First Known Use of verisimilitude

circa 1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for verisimilitude

borrowed from Latin vērīsimilitūdō, from vērī similis, vērīsimilis "having the appearance of truth" + -tūdō, suffix of abstract nouns — more at verisimilar

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“Verisimilitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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