vraisemblance

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Borrowing from French vraisemblance

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vraisemblance (uncountable)

  1. (literary theory) verisimilitude
    • 2002, Jonathan D. Culler, Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature:
      Recognition of this first level of vraisemblance need not depend on the claim that reality is a convention produced by language.
    • 2017, Karin Kukkonen, A Prehistory of Cognitive Poetics: Neoclassicism and the Novel[1], page 6:
      The notion of vraisemblance, “in whose name all the literary battles were fought, is at the root of all criticism” (Bray 1931, 192; c'est en son nom que se livrent toutes les batailles littéraires, elle est à la base de toutes les critiques). Derived from Aristotle's "probable," in the rediscovery of the Poetics in Renaissance Italy, vraisemblance takes the key hierarchical position in seventeenth-century neoclassicism and maintains it until well into the eighteenth century.

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vraisemblance f (plural vraisemblances)

  1. verisimilitude
  2. likelihood

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