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:

Gospel Of Basilides
... This is known as the semblance theory in theological circles ... Hippolytus describes 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 ... The name is derived from dokesis, "appearance" or "semblance" though for what reason is not apparent ...
Archimago's Role in The Poem
... balefull 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 our truant hero undone by the witch's ... makers guile, with usage sly He taught to imitate that Lady trew, Whose semblance she did carrie under feigned hew ... faire" she may be said to carry the semblance of Truth "under feigned hew" of "that Lady trew." Whenever the allegorical project presses countertextually on the narrative, the "Lady trew ...
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 ...
Philosophy In The Tragic Age Of The Greeks - Anaxagoras
... Anaxagoras raised 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 ... Change and motion are not semblance and are truly real ...
Letter To The Smyrnaeans
... up not as certain unbelievers say, that he suffered in semblance, they themselves only existing in semblance." The term translated "semblance" is the Greek work "dokein" (δοκεῖν, "to seem ...

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)

    Civilisation is hooped together, brought
    Under a rule, under the semblance of peace
    By manifold illusion....
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    The customs of some savage nations might, perchance, be profitably imitated by us, for they at least go through the semblance of casting their slough annually; they have the idea of the thing, whether they have the reality or not.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)