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Definition of Semblance


  1. Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.
  2. Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude; as, the semblance of worth; semblance of virtue.

Semblance Quotations

Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love.
Honore de Balzac

Africans in the United States must remember that the slave ships brought no West Indians, no Caribbeans, no Jamaicans or Trinidadians or Barbadians to this hemisphere. The slave ships brought only African people and most of us took the semblance of nationality from the places where slave ships dropped us off.
John Henrik Clarke

The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
Desiderius Erasmus

Though I still have no semblance of a life outside of Nine Inch Nails at the moment, I realize my goals have gone from getting a record deal or selling another record to being a better person, more well-rounded, having friends, having a relationship with somebody.
Trent Reznor

For, when with beauty we can virtue join, We paint the semblance of a form divine.
Matthew Prior
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Semblance Translations

semblance in German is Anschein {m}
semblance in Spanish is semejanza
semblance in Swedish is skepnad, utseende

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