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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My attention wanders for a split second and the verisimilitude evaporates — seeing walls and ceiling and my blue jeans jerks me back to reality.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of verisimilitude
borrowed from Latin vērīsimilitūdō, from vērī similis, vērīsimilis “having the appearance of truth” + -tūdō, suffix of abstract nouns — more at verisimilar
First Known Use: circa 1576
VERISIMILITUDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of verisimilitude for English Language Learners
: the quality of seeming real
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