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 Dictionary entry overview: What does semblance mean? 

  The noun SEMBLANCE has 3 senses:

1. an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
2. an erroneous mental representation
3. picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing

  Familiarity information: SEMBLANCE used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1semblance [BACK TO TOP]


An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects


semblance; gloss; color; colour

Context examples:

he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity / he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction / the situation soon took on a different color

Hypernyms ("semblance" is a kind of...):

appearance; visual aspect (outward or visible aspect of a person or thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "semblance"):

verisimilitude (the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true)

camouflage; disguise (an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something)

guise; pretence; pretense; pretext (an artful or simulated semblance)

face value (the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth)

simulacrum (an insubstantial or vague semblance)

color of law; colour of law (a mere semblance of legal right; something done with the apparent authority of law but actually in contravention of law)

Sense 2semblance [BACK TO TOP]


An erroneous mental representation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


illusion; semblance

Hypernyms ("semblance" is a kind of...):

appearance (a mental representation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "semblance"):

apparition; fantasm; phantasm; phantasma; phantom; shadow (something existing in perception only)

irradiation (the apparent enlargement of a bright object when viewed against a dark background)

phantom limb (the illusion that a limb still exists after it has been amputated)

Sense 3semblance [BACK TO TOP]


Picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


likeness; semblance

Hypernyms ("semblance" is a kind of...):

icon; ikon; image; picture (a visual representation (of an object or scene or person or abstraction) produced on a surface)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "semblance"):

Identikit; Identikit picture (a likeness of a person's face constructed from descriptions given to police; uses a set of transparencies of various facial features that can be combined to build up a picture of the person sought)

portrait; portrayal (any likeness of a person)

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