What does semblance mean?

Definitions for semblance
ˈsɛm blənssem·blance

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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.

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. Carl Takei:

    While accountability for the officer might have led to some semblance of justice, real justice would have been Jacob Blake never being shot in the first place.

  2. Kweisi Mfume:

    We have to find a way to make sure that we're able to make Baltimore City a little more whole than it is, i have to tell you it's been Baltimore that's been chopped at and bitten at in 1990 and 2000 and 2010 and here we go now in 2020. So the city can't give anymore. It's got to have some sort of unification where communities have a semblance of having things in common and having the same sort of goals and aspirations.

  3. Andrea Moran:

    I felt a little bit nervous just because being around people is such a surreal thing after so long, i was really excited and I was thrilled for my kids that they were able to get out and get back to some semblance of normality.

  4. Emily Voight:

    But I have a feeling it will probably just be myself for Calumet County, and now, us as women feeling like we don't even have control over our bodies anymore, this allows us to have some semblance of control as a human being of what we do.

  5. Ashley Tabaddor:

    It's the final nail in the coffin of any semblance of independent decision making.

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    (of a flowering plant) having two cotyledons in the seed
    • A. dicotyledonous
    • B. tantamount
    • C. naiant
    • D. sesquipedalian

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