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verisimilitude Syllabification: ver·i·si·mil·i·tude
Pronunciation: /ˌvərəsəˈmiləˌt(y)o͞od/

Definition of verisimilitude in English:

noun

The appearance of being true or real: the detail gives the novel some verisimilitude
More example sentences
  • That is, does it have verisimilitude, the appearance of being true or real?
  • As a novelist, I strive for verisimilitude: the appearance of reality.
  • In other words, Clarissa's language mirrors the novel's verisimilitude, while Lovelace's repeats the figures of fiction's past.
Synonyms
realism, believability, plausibility, authenticity, credibility, lifelikeness

Derivatives

verisimilar

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Pronunciation: /ˌverəˈsim(y)ələr/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Mei Lanfang, for example, was famous for his verisimilar acting as young women, though he was a father of two sons.
  • Identification ultimately involves discrimination between verisimilar and true signs of fracture.
  • Looking for the ideal weight loss plan is verisimilar to finding that special someone.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Latin verisimilitudo, from verisimilis 'probable', from veri (genitive of verus 'true') + similis 'like'.

Words that rhyme with verisimilitude

similitude

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