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Definition 1: the act of appearing in public view - [noun denoting act]

Samples where appearance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period
  • it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America

(appearance is a kind of ...) the act of arriving at a certain place

"they awaited her arrival"

(... is a kind of appearance ) an act of appearing or becoming visible unexpectedly

"natives were amazed at the apparition of this white stranger"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the act of emerging

(... is a kind of appearance ) the act of someone appearing again

"his reappearance as Hamlet has been long awaited"

Definition 2: formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for appearance in the sense of this definition

(appearance is a kind of ...) the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)

Definition 3: pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression - [noun denoting act]

Samples where appearance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they try to keep up appearances
  • that ceremony is just for show

Synonyms for appearance in the sense of this definition

(appearance is a kind of ...) the act of giving a false appearance

"his conformity was only pretending"

Definition 4: outward or visible aspect of a person or thing - [noun denoting attribute]

Synonyms for appearance in the sense of this definition

(appearance is a kind of ...) an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone

"the quality of mercy is not strained"

(... is a kind of appearance ) youthful appearance in an old person

(... is a kind of appearance ) the quality of having hair

(... is a kind of appearance ) the quality of not having hair

(... is a kind of appearance ) the qualities that give pleasure to the senses

(... is a kind of appearance ) qualities of appearance that do not give pleasure to the senses

(... is a kind of appearance ) an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen

"there were distinguishing disfigurements on the suspect's back" "suffering from facial disfiguration"

(... is a kind of appearance ) an appearance that is not attractive or beautiful

"fine clothes could not conceal the girl's homeliness"

(... is a kind of appearance ) a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

"a facial blemish"

(... is a kind of appearance ) a soiled or discolored appearance

"the wine left a dark stain"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the appearance of being plain and unpretentious

(... is a kind of appearance ) an ornate appearance; being elaborately (even excessively) decorated

(... is a kind of appearance ) an appearance that serves to decorate and make something more attractive

(... is a kind of appearance ) a pale and sickly appearance

"his etiolation signaled years in prison"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the appearance conveyed by a person's face

"a pleasant countenance" "a stern visage"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the general outward appearance of something

"the face of the city is changing"

(... is a kind of appearance ) physical appearance

"I don't like the looks of this place"

(... is a kind of appearance ) outward appearance

"they look the same in outward view"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the appearance of objects (or light sources) described in terms of a person's perception of their hue and lightness (or brightness) and saturation

(... is a kind of appearance ) texture and appearance of the skin of the face

(... is a kind of appearance ) an outward appearance

"he made a good impression" "I wanted to create an impression of success" "she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the appearance of things relative to one another as determined by their distance from the viewer

(... is a kind of appearance ) (astronomy) the particular appearance of a body's state of illumination (especially one of the recurring shapes of the part of Earth's moon that is illuminated by the sun)

"the full phase of the moon"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the appearance of a point on the horizon at which parallel lines converge

(... is a kind of appearance ) the purely external aspect of a thing; superficial appearance

"the audience was held by the substance of the play rather than by the superficies of the production"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the general appearance of a publication

(... is a kind of appearance ) the visual appearance of something or someone

"the delicate cast of his features"

(... is a kind of appearance ) (Jungian psychology) a personal facade that one presents to the world

"a public image is as fragile as Humpty Dumpty"

(... is a kind of appearance ) an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading

"he hoped his claims would have a semblance of authenticity" "he tried to give his falsehood the gloss of moral sanction" "the situation soon took on a different color"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the quality of being well-groomed and neatly tailored

"the sleekness of his appearance reminded me of his financial successes"

Definition 5: a mental representation - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where appearance or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I tried to describe his appearance to the police

(appearance is a kind of ...) a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

(... is a kind of appearance ) an erroneous mental representation

(... is a kind of appearance ) having a three-dimensional form or appearance

"aren't dreams always in 3-D?"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the outward appearance of a person

"he put up a bold front"

Definition 6: the event of coming into sight - [noun denoting event]

(appearance is a kind of ...) an event that happens

(... is a kind of appearance ) the event of something appearing again

"the reappearance of Halley's comet"

(... is a kind of appearance ) an appearance in bodily form (as of a disembodied spirit)

(... is a kind of appearance ) a clear appearance

"a manifestation of great emotion"

(... is a kind of appearance ) the appearance of a ghostlike figure

"I was recalled to the present by the apparition of a frightening specter"

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