Definition of semblance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsembləns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsembləns//
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[singular, uncountable] semblance of something (formal) a situation in which something seems to exist although this may not, in fact, be the case The ceasefire brought about a semblance of peace. Life at last returned to some semblance of normality. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from sembler ‘seem’, from Latin similare, simulare ‘simulate’.Extra examples He dropped all semblance of dignity and rushed down the street after her. He tried to restore some semblance of normality to their home life. She bared her teeth in a semblance of a smile. She struggled to bring a semblance of order to the meeting. The film lacks any semblance of realism.
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