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semblance

[sem-bluh ns] /ˈsɛm bləns/
noun
1.
outward aspect or appearance.
2.
an assumed or unreal appearance; show.
3.
the slightest appearance or trace.
4.
a likeness, image, or copy.
5.
a spectral appearance; apparition.
Origin of semblance
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Middle French, equivalent to sembl(er) to seem (see resemble) + -ance -ance
Synonyms
1. aspect, exterior, mien, air. 2. seeming.
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semblance

/ˈsɛmbləns/
noun
1.
outward appearance, esp without any inner substance or reality
2.
a resemblance or copy
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from sembler to seem, from Latin simulāre to imitate, from similis like
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Word Origin and History for semblance
n.

c.1300, "fact of appearing to view," from Old French semblance, from semblant "likeness, appearance," present participle of sembler "to seem, appear," from Latin simulare "to resemble, imitate," from similis "like" (see similar (adj.)). 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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