verisimilitude

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noun veri·si·mil·i·tude \ˌver-ə-sə-ˈmi-lə-ˌtüd, -ˌtyüd\

Definition of verisimilitude

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being verisimilar

  2. 2 :  something verisimilar

verisimilitudinous

play \ˌver-ə-sə-ˌmi-lə-ˈtüd-nəs, -ˈtyüd-; -ˈtü-də-nəs, -ˈtyü-\ adjective

Examples of verisimilitude in a Sentence

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

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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.

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

verisimilitude

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Definition of verisimilitude for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of seeming real



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