Brad had his emotions under a vague semblance of control.


The movie lacks any semblance of realism.


He lost all semblance of dignity and rushed down the street after her.

keep, maintain, preserve, retain
bring, give sth

She struggled to bring a semblance of order to the meeting.

regain, restore (sth to), return (sth) to
in a/the semblance of, into a/the semblance of

She bared her teeth in a semblance of a smile.

semblance of

He tried to restore some semblance of normality to their home life.

a/some semblance of control
a/some semblance of order

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  • semblance — ⇒SEMBLANCE, subst. fém. Vieilli ou littér. A. Au sing. Apparence, aspect sous lequel se présente quelqu un ou quelque chose et qui évoque quelqu un ou quelque chose de comparable. Il était devenu tout à fait joli homme, ayant (...) toute une… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • semblance — Semblance, Similitudo, Simulachrum, Effigies, Species. Semblance d aucun, Imago. Semblance et representation de quelque chose, Idolum idoli. La semblance des choses que nostre pensée à conceuës, Spectrum. Quelque semblance et approche de diverses …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Semblance — Sem blance, n. [F. See {Semblable}, a.] 1. Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form. [1913 Webster] Thier semblance kind, and mild their gestures were. Fairfax. [1913 Webster] 2. Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude; as, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • semblance — c.1300, fact of appearing to view, from O.Fr. semblance, semblant likeness, appearance, from sembler to seem, appear, from L. simulare to resemble, imitate, from similis like (see SIMILAR (Cf. similar)). Meaning person s appearance or demeanor is …   Etymology dictionary

  • semblance — Semblance. s. f. Image, figure de quelque chose. Il n a guere d usage que dans cette phrase, Dieu a fait l homme à son image & semblance …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • semblance — I noun air, appearance, aspect, bearing, closeness, copy, counterpart, effect, example, exterior, guise, identity, illusion, image, imago, likeness, look, mien, outward form, replica, representation, resemblance, sameness, show, similarity,… …   Law dictionary

  • semblance — *appearance, look, aspect Analogous words: *likeness, similitude, resemblance, analogy, affinity: *pose, affectation, air: *form, figure, shape …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • semblance — [n] aura, appearance affinity, air, alikeness, analogy, aspect, bearing, comparison, facade, face, false front*, feel, feeling, figure, form, front, guise, image, likeness, mask, mien, mood, pose, pretense, resemblance, seeming, show, showing,… …   New thesaurus

  • semblance — ► NOUN ▪ the outward appearance or apparent form of something. ORIGIN from Old French sembler seem , from Latin similare simulate …   English terms dictionary

  • semblance — [sem′bləns] n. [ME < OFr < sembler, to seem, appear < L similare, to make like < similis, like: see SAME] 1. outward form or appearance; aspect 2. seeming likeness; resemblance 3. a likeness, image, or representation 4. false, assumed …   English World dictionary

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