appearance [ə pir′əns]
[ME aparaunce < OFr aparance < LL apparentia < apparere, APPEAR]
1. the act or an instance of appearing
2. the look or outward aspect of a person or thing
3. anything that appears; thing seen
4. Archaic an apparition
5. an outward show; pretense [to give the appearance of being busy]
6. [pl.] the way things seem to be [from all appearances he's innocent]
keep up appearances
to maintain an outward show of being proper, decorous, well-off, etc.
make an appearance
1. to put in an appearance
2. to appear publicly
put in an appearance
to be present for a short time, as at a party, meeting, etc.
SYN.- APPEARANCE and LOOK refer generally to the outward impression of a thing, but the former often implies mere show or pretense [an appearance of honesty ], and the latter (often in the plural) refers specifically to physical details [the look of an abandoned house, good looks]; ASPECT also refers to physical details, esp. to facial features or expression [a man of handsome aspect] or to the distinguishing features at a given time or place [in spring the yard had a refreshing aspect]; SEMBLANCE, which also refers to the outward impression as contrasted with the inner reality, usually does not imply deception [a semblance of order ]; GUISE is usually used of a deliberately misleading appearance [under the guise of patriotism ]

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