What is semblance?

  • (noun): An erroneous mental representation.
    Synonyms: illusion
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on semblance:

Archimago's Role in The Poem
... 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 wiles, a young Squire, in loves and lusty-h ... makers guile, with usage sly He taught to imitate that Lady trew, Whose semblance she did carrie under feigned hew ... Una has 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 ...
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 Three Or Four Movements III" "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 ... The name is derived from dokesis, "appearance" or "semblance" though for what reason is not apparent ...
Letter To The Smyrnaeans
... raised himself up not as certain unbelievers say, that he suffered in semblance, they themselves only existing in semblance." The term translated "semblance" is the ...
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 their origin? Since like produces like, the many ... Change and motion are not semblance and are truly real ...

More definitions of "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
  • (noun): Picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing.
    Synonyms: likeness

Famous quotes containing the word semblance:

    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)

    Thou, whose exterior semblance doth belie
    Thy Soul’s immensity;
    Thou best Philosopher, who yet dost keep
    Thy heritage, thou Eye among the blind,
    That, deaf and silent, read’st the eternal deep,
    Haunted for ever by the eternal mind,—
    William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

    But nothing is better than a truth which appears not to have the semblance of truth. There is always something incomprehensible about the great heroic deeds performed by humanity because they rise so far beyond the mediocre measure of mere mortals; but it is always only because of the incredible feats that human beings have accomplished that humanity recovers its faith in itself.
    Stefan Zweig (18811942)