Definition of 'semblance'
Example sentences containing 'semblance'
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The need to impose a semblance of normal life behind the wire was a stubborn one. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)Let them at least have the semblance of normality in their early years. Times, Sunday Times (2007)This at least has a vague semblance of reality. The Sun (2014)In this case an independent press and media become vital for maintaining any semblance of democracy. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The energy that provoked the first semblance of life may also have been geothermal rather than solar. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He longs for human contact and a semblance of normality. Times, Sunday Times (2013)And that means a balancing act between bringing in fresh faces and maintaining some semblance of experience. The Sun (2011)But with help she is slowly returning to a semblance of normal life. Times, Sunday Times (2013)But things are getting back to some semblance of normality. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Not if you're to maintain any semblance of being a serious person. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Despite the horror and destruction, a semblance of life goes on. Times, Sunday Times (2010)If they had any semblance of control over this match, they completely lost that after half an hour too. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Although these connections do not really exist, they do give us the semblance of control over what happens to us. EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER: A Journey Through the Science of Feelings (2005)A semblance of normality is returning. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Now I find it hard to distinguish between the semblance and the reality. Words Of Love: Passionate Women from Heloise to Sylvia Plath (2006)Sixteen years on, Srebrenica has regained a semblance of normality. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It will be a long process, though, before a semblance of normality returns. Times, Sunday Times (2011)To maintain a semblance of sovereignty, the taskforce has been given static tasks, guarding major sites and installations. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I was still struggling to maintain some semblance of a system, and one morning the time came to spend an hour in prayer. Christianity Today (2000)He brings neither huge experience nor formidable physical presence to the game, which England must win to restore some semblance of credibility. Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Translations for 'semblance'
British English: semblance NOUN
If there is a semblance of a particular condition or quality, it appears to exist, even though this may be a false impression.
At least a semblance of normality has been restored to parts of the country.
Definition of semblance from the Collins English Dictionary
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