Semblance is having an outward appearance that resembles something desired, even if the reality doesn't match the appearance.
An example of semblance is when you stuff all your paperwork in a drawer.
- outward form or appearance; aspect
- seeming likeness; resemblance
- a likeness, image, or representation
- false, assumed, or deceiving form or appearance
- mere empty show; pretense
Origin of semblanceMiddle English from Old French from sembler, to seem, appear from Classical Latin similare, to make like from similis, like: see same
- An outward or token appearance: “Foolish men mistake transitory semblance for eternal fact” ( Thomas Carlyle )
- A representation; a copy.
- The barest trace; a modicum: not a semblance of truth to the story.
Origin of semblanceMiddle English from Old French from sembler to resemble ; see semblable .