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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from verisimilitude

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

Did You Know?

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

Recent Examples on the Web

Of course, working around real preteens upped the verisimilitude. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The Creators of PEN15 Present Their Hilarious, Oddly Harrowing New Show," 26 Feb. 2019 New technologies let filmmakers tell futuristic stories with unprecedented verisimilitude, says Gunship’s drummer, Alex Gingell, 37. Neil Shah, WSJ, "Synthwave, the Sound of an ’80s Childhood, Goes Mainstream," 26 Jan. 2019 Working with veteran casting director Avy Kaufman, Layton made shrewd choices for the actors playing the quartet, and selecting gifted players who are not yet household names adds to the story's verisimilitude. Kenneth Turan,, "True-life heist story 'American Animals' is one of summer's freshest and most entertaining films," 31 May 2018 Like the Yakuza games, the degree of verisimilitude is something that the developers will have assumed that most players will appreciate. Sam Byford, The Verge, "428: Shibuya Scramble is the best crime book you’ll ever read on your PS4," 12 Oct. 2018 From the specific color palettes and details of the crowns, cloaks, uniforms, and designs worn by the characters to the isiXhosa (one of South Africa's 11 official languages) the Wakandans spoke, gave the movie a healthy dose of verisimilitude. 7. Nicole Blades, Good Housekeeping, "7 Reasons Why All Parents Should Take Their Kids to See "Black Panther"," 7 Mar. 2018 So how does Hey Ladies manage to pull off its hilarious, sometimes mortifying verisimilitude? Ashley Fetters, The Cut, "The Strict, Subtle Rules of a Hey Ladies! Email," 1 May 2018 So certain aspects of verisimilitude are dispensed with, without making a big deal over it. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "Review: Joan of Arc Is a Young Headbanger in ‘Jeannette’," 12 Apr. 2018 But humorous superhero stories have a different kind of verisimilitude. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "The best superhero stories admit that superheroes are ridiculous," 11 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'verisimilitude.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about verisimilitude

Dictionary Entries near verisimilitude








Statistics for verisimilitude

Last Updated

22 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for verisimilitude

The first known use of verisimilitude was circa 1576

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for verisimilitude



English Language Learners Definition of verisimilitude

formal : the quality of seeming real

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on verisimilitude

What made you want to look up verisimilitude? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make a payment or contribution

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!