What does semblance mean?

Definitions for semblance
ˈsɛm blənssem·blance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word semblance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. semblance, gloss, color, colournoun

    an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

    "he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"; "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction"; "the situation soon took on a different color"

  2. illusion, semblancenoun

    an erroneous mental representation

  3. likeness, semblancenoun

    picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing


  1. semblancenoun

    likeness, similarity; the quality of being similar.

  2. semblancenoun

    Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Semblancenoun

    Etymology: semblance, Fr. from semblant.

    Solicit Henry with her wond’rous praise;
    Bethink thee on her virtues, that surmount
    Her natural graces, that extinguish art:
    Repeat their semblance often. William Shakespeare.

    She’s but the sign and semblance of her honour:
    Behold how like a maid she blushes here!
    O, what authority and shew of truth
    Can cunning sin cover itself withal! William Shakespeare.

    He with high words, that bore
    Semblance of worth, not substance, gently rais’d
    Their fainting courage, and dispell’d their fears. John Milton.

    This last effort brought forth the opinion, that these bodies are not what they seem to be; that they are no shells, but mere sportings of active nature, and only semblances or imitations of shells. John Woodward.

    It is not his meaning that we put on the outward face and semblance of virtue, only to conceal and disguise our vice. John Rogers.

    Be you the soldier; for you likest are,
    For manly semblance and for skill in war. Edmund Spenser.

    Their semblance kind, and mild their gestures were,
    Peace in their hands, and friendship in their face. Edward Fairfax.

    All that fair and good in thy divine
    Semblance, and in thy beauty’s heav’nly ray,
    United I beheld. John Milton, Par. Lost.


  1. semblance

    Semblance is the outward appearance or apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different. It's a likeness or similarity to something, sometimes deceptive or superficial in nature.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semblanceadjective

    seeming; appearance; show; figure; form

  2. Semblanceadjective

    likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude; as, the semblance of worth; semblance of virtue

  3. Etymology: [F. See Semblable, a.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of semblance in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of semblance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of semblance in a Sentence

  1. Vanessa Kummer:

    It will take years to get back to any semblance of what we had over in China.

  2. Bhaskar Chakravorti:

    We're not just getting information about the public health situation but we are trying to replicate some semblance of business online with their help.

  3. John Kinsey:

    What happened in China was looked on as somewhat bullish, hopefully we're going to have some semblance of order in the market now, and gradually it will work its way higher.

  4. Yet Kellogg:

    No, it’s worse, at least with Iraq, you had the semblance of a government that we supported.

  5. Rusty Monhollon:

    The outpouring of love and support they’ve received – from family, classmates, friends and total strangers – is inspiring and a source of strength and comfort. It allows for both Danny and Amanda to be with Parker during her treatment, it also helps big sister Rivers and little brother Dominic have some semblance of normalcy while their parents and sister are away.

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