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English noun: semblance

1. semblance (attribute) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

SamplesHe 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.

Synonymscolor, colour, gloss

Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

Narrower (hyponym)camouflage, color of law, colour of law, disguise, face value, guise, pretence, pretense, pretext, simulacrum, verisimilitude

2. semblance (cognition) an erroneous mental representation


Broader (hypernym)appearance

Narrower (hyponym)apparition, fantasm, irradiation, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, phantom limb, shadow

3. semblance (artifact) picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing


Broader (hypernym)icon, ikon, image, picture

Narrower (hyponym)Identikit, Identikit picture, portrait, portrayal

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