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English noun: appearance

1. appearance (attribute) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

Synonymsvisual aspect

Broader (hypernym)quality

Narrower (hyponym)agerasia, beauty, blemish, cast, color, color, colour, colour, complexion, countenance, decorativeness, defect, deformity, discoloration, discolouration, disfiguration, disfigurement, effect, elaborateness, etiolation, face, form, format, gloss, hairiness, hairlessness, homeliness, image, impression, linear perspective, look, mar, ornateness, persona, perspective, phase, pilosity, plainness, plainness, semblance, shape, sleekness, stain, superficies, ugliness, vanishing point, view, visage

2. appearance (event) the event of coming into sight

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)apparition, manifestation, manifestation, materialisation, materialization, reappearance


3. appearance (act) formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action

Synonymsappearing, coming into court

Broader (hypernym)attendance, attending

4. appearance (cognition) a mental representation

SamplesI tried to describe his appearance to the police.

Broader (hypernym)internal representation, mental representation, representation

Narrower (hyponym)3-D, 3D, front, illusion, semblance, three-D

5. appearance (act) the act of appearing in public view

SamplesThe rookie made a brief appearance in the first period.
It was Bernhardt's last appearance in America.

Broader (hypernym)arrival

Narrower (hyponym)apparition, emergence, emersion, reappearance, return

Antonymsdisappearance, disappearing

6. appearance (act) pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

SamplesThey try to keep up appearances.
That ceremony is just for show.


Broader (hypernym)feigning, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation

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