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Definition of "appearance" []

  • The act or an instance of coming into sight. (noun)
  • The act or an instance of coming into public view: The author made a rare personal appearance. (noun)
  • Outward aspect: an untidy appearance. (noun)
  • Something that appears; a phenomenon. (noun)
  • A superficial aspect; a semblance: keeping up an appearance of wealth. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "appearance" in a sentence
  • "Dr. Kenn, having a conscience void of offence in the matter, was still inclined to persevere, —was still averse to give way before a public sentiment that was odious and contemptible; but he was finally wrought upon by the consideration of the peculiar responsibility attached to his office, of avoiding the appearance of evil, —an “appearance” that is always dependent on the average quality of surrounding minds."
  • "_ For this it is needful to halt bravely at the surface, at the fold, at the skin, to worship appearance, and to believe in forms, tones, words, and the whole _Olympus of appearance_!"
  • "To the wise and good he is love, both in appearance and essence; but to the foolish and evil, the very same unchangeable love assumes the _appearance_ of anger and wrath."