• WordNet 3.6
    • n semblance picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
    • n semblance 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"
    • n semblance an erroneous mental representation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Semblance Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude; as, the semblance of worth; semblance of virtue. "Only semblances or imitations of shells."
    • Semblance Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form. "Thier semblance kind, and mild their gestures were."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n semblance The state or fact of being like of similar; likeness; similarity; resemblance.
    • n semblance Likeness; image; exterior form.
    • n semblance Face; countenance; aspect.
    • n semblance Appearance; outward seeming; show.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Semblance likeness: appearance: figure
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. See Semblable (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—sembler, to seem, to resemble—L. similis, like.


In literature:

But there must be no semblance of haste.
"Book of Etiquette, Volume 2" by Lillian Eichler Watson
By these strained means, then, did Decaen give a semblance of public policy to his decision to detain Flinders.
"The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders" by Ernest Scott
Nanda, for admiration of it, broke almost for the first time into the semblance of a smile.
"The Awkward Age" by Henry James
However, the train of unlinked ideas which she pursued began to form the semblance of a chain.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
How haggard and ghastly the woman's powdered face looked, with the light just above it, and all semblance of joy gone.
"Keith of the Border" by Randall Parrish
Does his spirit manifest itself in the semblance of flame?
"Passages From the French and Italian Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
He saw that she was in earnest, and suppressed all semblance of a smile.
"Colonel Thorndyke's Secret" by G. A. Henty
It bore the painted semblance of a boot.
"Barlasch of the Guard" by H. S. Merriman
Didn't that give a semblance of truth to those spurious rumours of insanity which were circulated?
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
On shore he had the semblance of a gentleman.
"Jack in the Forecastle" by John Sherburne Sleeper

In poetry:

Ellen, my heart is not yet thine,
And still I can but sigh,
Whene'er I view thy semblance shine
In Memory's mirror nigh.
"Ellen" by James Avis Bartley
Such fancies fill the restless mind,
At once to cheat and cheer
With thought and semblance undefined,
Nowhere and everywhere.
"Distant Hills" by John Clare
Tell her, the smile was not so dear,
With which she made the semblance mine,
As bitter is the burning tear,
With which I now the gift resign.
"Her Picture" by Thomas Moore
Or where, like those strange semblances we find
That age to childhood bind,
The elm puts on, as if in Nature's scorn,
The brown of Autumn corn.
"Spring" by Henry Timrod
To the lost life, alas! no more returning--
In this to come no semblance of the past--
Only to wait!--hoping this ceaseless yearning
May, 'ere long, end--and rest may come at last.
"Waiting" by Frances Fuller Victor
But woe for him who sees them burst
With their bright spray-showers to the lake!
Earth has no spring to quench the thirst
That semblance in his soul shall wake,
For ever pouring through his dreams,
The gush of those untasted streams!
"The Isle Of Founts" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

Hugo Chávez worries ever less about maintaining a semblance of democracy.
Iraqis walk the streets freely, and there's a semblance of law and order.
Calling Saturday's Lake Catholic- Benedictine showdown at Jerome T Osborne Sr. Stadium a defensive struggle would imply semblance of give and take.
He encouraged her to keep some semblance of Stefani Gemanotta on the surface, especially when she is offstage.
"We're focused on getting our lives back into some semblance of normal," he told in an exclusive interview.
Redskins can't grip semblance of consistency.
No better time than now to try to create some semblance of a homefield advantage at Cowboys Stadium.
Redskins can't grip semblance of consistency .
I applaud Gasparilla Gazette Editor Terry O'Connor's attempt to provide a semblance of clarity to the ongoing GIBA mismanagement controversy, comments of which are still so.
Rick strives to maintain some semblance of sanity and peace on the mostly-deserted planet.
The last US jobs report was a gut punch to any semblance of economic optimism and rattled the underbelly of analyst's expectations.
TIME photographer Yuri Kozyrev tracks how daily life in Baghdad and elsewhere has regained a semblance of normalcy.
Still unable to get the A train because of a damaged bridge, Rockaway residents today will get some semblance of subway service for the first time since Sandy.
It is good to finally see some semblance of sanity surface as legislators begin to grapple with the consequence of Mitt Romney's defeat.
A proxy for Eastern European Soviet dominance since the end of the second World War, Czechoslovakia by the 1960s was a crippled pseudo-state with only a murky semblance of control over its own destiny.

In science:

In this paper, however, we shall introduce entropy from a new perspective, which too will bear semblance to the normal form in the limit.
A New Nonextensive Entropy
The principal idea has a semblance of the corresponding parts in and especially 8 : in the assumption of (‡), each λ-weak over L real in the relevant “virtual” λ-collapsing extension belongs to a set (one and the same for all E-equivalent reals) which admits a characterization in terms of an element of 2<ω1 .
On a Glimm -- Effros dichotomy theorem for Souslin relations in generic universes
Entertain the conjecture of a time, long long ago, when there lived a quantum baby of cheerful semblance and sweet ma jesty.
Bringing Up a Quantum Baby
As the metallicity of the ISM increases, the influence of an individual supernova is diluted and there is a semblance of smooth chemical evolution (Tsujimoto, Shigeyama & Yoshii 1999).
Chemical Evolution of Galaxies
To avoid the semblance of p–A enhancement process it is important to consider how the yield of individual hadrons behaves compared to expectations based on a cascade of N–N interactions.
Strangeness and Quark Gluon Plasma