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Semblant

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Semblant Like; resembling.
    • Semblant Seeming, rather than real; apparent.
    • Semblant Show; appearance; figure; semblance. "His flatterers made semblant of weeping."
    • Semblant The face.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • semblant Like; resembling.
    • semblant Appearing; seeming, rather than real; specious.
    • n semblant Appearance; aspect; show; semblance.
    • n semblant Face; countenance; aspect.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Semblant resembling, like
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. semblant, p. pr
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—sembler, to seem, to resemble—L. similis, like.

Usage

In literature:

She meeteth Lancelot and saluteth him and maketh him right great joy, of semblant.
"High History of the Holy Graal" by Unknown
But because she would not it were known, outward she kept her countenance, and made no semblant of sorrow.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)" by Thomas Malory
So when he came with his wife Anglides, the king made them fair semblant till they had dined.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)" by Thomas Malory
Semblant; French sembler, to appear, to seem.
"Game and Playe of the Chesse" by Caxton
And then the bishop made semblant as though he would have gone to the sacring of the mass.
"Chronicle and Romance (The Harvard Classics Series)" by Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed
Fals Semblant, 397 ff., 490.
"A Literary History of the English People" by Jean Jules Jusserand
Sir Tristram made semblant as if he were sorry, and yet better knew he how it was than the king.
"Stories of King Arthur and His Knights" by U. Waldo Cutler
His words are semblant to moving memories.
"Oliver Goldsmith" by E. S. Lang Buckland
Among these Faux Semblant presents himself, and, after some parley, is received.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
In Faux-semblant we have a real creation of the theatrical hypocrite.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 2" by Various
Mendicancy, Faux Semblant acknowledges with an engaging candour, is only right when a man has not learned and cannot learn a trade.
"British Quarterly Review, American Edition, Volume LIV" by Various
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