• verisimilitude


    truth

Translation


verisimilitude = Plausibilität, Wirklichkeitsnähe, Echtheit, Wahrheit, Wahrscheinlichkeit, (etwas) Wahrscheinliches

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The painting owes its VERISIMILITUDE to a number of groundbreaking innovations. Its life-size figures are rendered with a new kind of sculptural modelling, which makes them seem to occupy real space.

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verisimilitude
noun

- the quality of seeming true or of having the appearance of reality

Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

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ORIGIN

Verisimilitude came to English via the French verisimilitude (1540s) and further from the Latin verisimilitudo (a likeness to the truth), which combines "very" (true) and "similis" (similar).

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Verisimilitude is the quality of appearing to be true or depicting reality. In storytelling, the audience contributes to the experience by agreeing to suspend their belief. The more the story resembles reality — even in small details — the easier it is for the audience to become engaged with it. Verisimilitude is especially important in alternate reality computer games.

Storytellers and filmmakers use many tricks to achieve verisimilitude, including references to popular culture and other works of art, music or literature, injecting naturalistic dialogue, using low-quality camera work and making sure the characters exhibit human traits.

The standards of verisimilitude constantly change with audience tastes and cultural trends. French audiences in the 1890s watching the first silent film footage of an oncoming train ran screaming from the theaters. Marlon Brando's early film work was considered groundbreaking in its realism to audiences of the time, whereas those same performances are now considered rather too theatrical.

Many filmmakers rely on a combination of a good story and technology to maintain verisimilitude. In his blockbuster Titanic, James Cameron used extraordinary special effects and the star appeal of Leonardo DiCaprio to bring millions of young female moviegoers to tears when the lead character Jack slips under the water near the film's conclusion.

(partially adapted from Lostpedia)

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SYNONYMS

authenticity, credibility, likeness, plausibility, realism, similarity, truth, veracity, verity

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