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Definition a small amount of something; or something resembling (looking like) something else
  • Embarrassed as she was, she tried to maintain some semblance of dignity.
  • The substitute teacher had to battle to maintain even a semblance of order.
  • Kindness, which had been the food of my life through so many years, had lately been so entirely denied me, that I welcomed with grateful joy the slightest semblance of it.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • His mouth wore its usual semblance of a smile.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity
  • I feel my eyes grow moist and try to rearrange my ruined face into some semblance of toughness.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • At an indefinite height overhead something made the black sky blacker, which had the semblance of a vast architrave uniting the pillars horizontally.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • WITHIN THL stifling women's unit, Crystal "the mayor" made an effort to maintain a faint semblance of prison protocol.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I have your own letter that induced me to the semblance I put on; with the which I doubt not but to do myself much right or you much shame.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • Or at least a semblance thereof.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I might have loved again and desired again, and sought some semblance of mortal life which would have been rich and varied, though unnatural.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • People under stress always fell back into habits and routines, as if hoping to maintain some semblance of order in their world.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • He looked at the cold bright carrion, that bungling semblance which had not even the power of a good wax-work to suggest its image.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • There was not even the semblance of a hello.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • When he had regained some semblance of coherence, he turned to look back at the meadow, the lake, and night sky.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • A little further onward was the spot where Lot's wife had stood forever under the semblance of a pillar of salt.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • He strained to maintain a semblance of control.
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • He could barely stand to be on the same ship as his father, let alone sit across from him at dinner, but he had to maintain some semblance of civility.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • Our march had lost all semblance of discipline.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • I have observed that when I wore the semblance of Edward Hyde, none could come near to me at first without a visible misgiving of the flesh.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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