verisimility

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Noun[edit]

verisimility (plural ies)

  1. (obsolete) Verisimilitude.[1]
    • 1830, Humphrey Davy, Consolations in Travel:
      I will not allow your Genius the slightest approach to inspiration, and I can admit no verisimility in a reverie which is fixed on a foundation you now allow to be so weak.
    • 1882, Sir Walter Scott, The Dramatic Works of John Dryden, vol. 1:
      Dryden has himself assigned the following reasons:—"The plot, the characters, the wit, the passions, the descriptions, are all exalted above the level of common converse, as high as the imagination of the poet can carry them, with proportion to verisimility."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed. (1989)