Thomas needed to get his room into some semblance of order before his mother would allow him to go to the skate park with his friends.
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 .