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1 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" [syn: gloss, color, colour]
2 an erroneous mental representation [syn: illusion]
3 picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing [syn: likeness]

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likeness, similarity

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