Verisimilitude

Versimilitude is the semblance of truth. The term indicates the degree to which a work creates the appearance of the truth. (A Handbook to Literature)

From the Latin phrase verisimiles (“like the truth”); the internal truthfulness, lifelikeness, and consistency of the world created within any literary work when we judge that world on its own terms rather than in terms of its correspondence to the real world. Thus, even a work that contains utterly fantastic or supernatural characters or actions (and doesn’t aim at realism) may very well achieve a high degree of verisimilitude. (Norton)

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