What is semblance?

  • (noun): An outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading.
    Example: "He hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity"
    Synonyms: gloss, color, colour
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on semblance:

Archimago's Role in The Poem
... bookes," and from these he gets the idea of transforming the dream spirit into an airy semblance of what in later cantos will be the very image of ... makers guile, with usage sly He taught to imitate that Lady trew, Whose semblance she did carrie under feigned hew ... one thing in common with Archimago's "miscreated faire" she may be said to carry the semblance of Truth "under feigned hew" of "that Lady trew." Whenever the allegorical project presses countertextually ...
Philosophy In The Tragic Age Of The Greeks - Anaxagoras
... two objections against Parmenides the origin of semblance, and the mobility of thought ... If the many things that we experience in the world are not mere semblance but do not come from nothing and do not come from one single thing, what is their origin? Since like produces like, the ... Change and motion are not semblance and are truly real ...
Gospel Of Basilides
... This is known as the semblance theory in theological circles ... another Gnostic sect, who took the semblance theory, although it was not the pronounced feature in their system, by the name of Docetae, a sect dating back to Apostolic times ... The name is derived from dokesis, "appearance" or "semblance" though for what reason is not apparent ...
Letter To The Smyrnaeans
... even as he truly raised himself up not as certain unbelievers say, that he suffered in semblance, they themselves only existing in semblance." The term translated "sembl ...
Winter In Venice - Track Listing
... Calling Home" "Winter In Venice" "At Saturday" "Semblance Suite In Three Or Four Movements I" "Semblance Suite In Three Or Four Movements II" "Semblance Suite In ...

More definitions of "semblance":

  • (noun): Picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing.
    Synonyms: likeness
  • (noun): An erroneous mental representation.
    Synonyms: illusion

Famous quotes containing the word semblance:

    “A man,” said Oliver Cromwell, “never rises so high as when he knows not whither he is going.” Dreams and drunkenness, the use of opium and alcohol are the semblance and counterfeit of this oracular genius, and hence their dangerous attraction for men. For the like reason they ask the aid of wild passions, as in gaming and war, to ape in some manner these flames and generosities of the heart.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty: most treacherous, indeed, of all phantoms; for the feeblest ray of reason might surely show us, that not only its attainment, but its being, was impossible. There is no such thing in the universe. There can never be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not; and we men have the mockery and semblance of it only for our heaviest punishment.
    John Ruskin (1819–1900)

    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.
    HonorĂ© De Balzac (1799–1850)