semblance c.1300, "fact of appearing to view," from O.Fr. semblance, semblant "likeness, appearance," from sembler "to seem, appear," from L. simulare "to resemble, imitate," from similis "like" (see SIMILAR (Cf. similar)). Meaning "person's appearance or demeanor" is attested from c.1400; that of "false, assumed or deceiving appearance" is from 1590s. Meaning "person or thing that resembles another" is attested from 1510s.

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  • semblance — ⇒SEMBLANCE, subst. fém. Vieilli ou littér. A. Au sing. Apparence, aspect sous lequel se présente quelqu un ou quelque chose et qui évoque quelqu un ou quelque chose de comparable. Il était devenu tout à fait joli homme, ayant (...) toute une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • semblance — Semblance, Similitudo, Simulachrum, Effigies, Species. Semblance d aucun, Imago. Semblance et representation de quelque chose, Idolum idoli. La semblance des choses que nostre pensée à conceuës, Spectrum. Quelque semblance et approche de diverses …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Semblance — Sem blance, n. [F. See {Semblable}, a.] 1. Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form. [1913 Webster] Thier semblance kind, and mild their gestures were. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 2. Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • semblance — Semblance. s. f. Image, figure de quelque chose. Il n a guere d usage que dans cette phrase, Dieu a fait l homme à son image & semblance …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • semblance — I noun air, appearance, aspect, bearing, closeness, copy, counterpart, effect, example, exterior, guise, identity, illusion, image, imago, likeness, look, mien, outward form, replica, representation, resemblance, sameness, show, similarity,… …   Law dictionary

  • semblance — *appearance, look, aspect Analogous words: *likeness, similitude, resemblance, analogy, affinity: *pose, affectation, air: *form, figure, shape …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • semblance — [n] aura, appearance affinity, air, alikeness, analogy, aspect, bearing, comparison, facade, face, false front*, feel, feeling, figure, form, front, guise, image, likeness, mask, mien, mood, pose, pretense, resemblance, seeming, show, showing,… …   New thesaurus

  • semblance — ► NOUN ▪ the outward appearance or apparent form of something. ORIGIN from Old French sembler seem , from Latin similare simulate …   English terms dictionary

  • semblance — [sem′bləns] n. [ME < OFr < sembler, to seem, appear < L similare, to make like < similis, like: see SAME] 1. outward form or appearance; aspect 2. seeming likeness; resemblance 3. a likeness, image, or representation 4. false, assumed …   English World dictionary

  • semblance — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ vague ▪ Brad had his emotions under a vague semblance of control. VERB + SEMBLANCE ▪ have ▪ lack ▪ T …   Collocations dictionary

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