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verisimilitude

[ver-uh-si-mil-i-tood, -tyood] /ˌvɛr ə sɪˈmɪl ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/
noun
1.
the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability:
The play lacked verisimilitude.
2.
something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
Origin of verisimilitude
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin vērīsimilitūdō, equivalent to vērī (genitive singular of vērum truth) + similitūdō similitude
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  • And there the effect is not only verisimilar but wonderful in its verisimilitude.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
  • Now as to the verisimilitude, the miraculousness, and the fact, of this medicinal oil.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua John Henry Cardinal Newman
  • In fictional narration, verisimilitude is absolutely essential.

    Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 Howard Phillips Lovecraft
  • Shaw places it far above painting because of its verisimilitude!

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • So far I have been very full, I know, and verisimilitude has been my watchword rather than the true affidavit style.

    The Sea Lady Herbert George Wells
  • The great charm of these works, which had captivated the million, was their verisimilitude.

    Peter Parley's Own Story Samuel G. Goodrich
  • For there is no surer way of giving an air of verisimilitude to fiction than to mix with it some particles of truth.

  • The details that Harry supplies give an air of verisimilitude to his narrative.

    Sir William Wallace A. F. Murison
  • I am never tired of their bewitching absurdity, their inevitable defects, their irresistible touches of verisimilitude.

    Venetian Life William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for verisimilitude

verisimilitude

/ˌvɛrɪsɪˈmɪlɪˌtjuːd/
noun
1.
the appearance or semblance of truth or reality; quality of seeming true
2.
something that merely seems to be true or real, such as a doubtful statement
Word Origin
C17: from Latin vērisimilitūdō, from vērus true + similitūdōsimilitude
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Word Origin and History for verisimilitude
n.

c.1600, from French verisimilitude (1540s), from Latin verisimilitudo "likeness to truth," from veri, genitive of verum, neuter of verus "true" (see very) + similis "like, similar" (see similar).

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