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Definition: To save appearances
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Saved
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [OE. saven, sauven, salven, OF. salver, sauver, F.
sauver, L. salvare, fr. salvus saved, safe. See Safe
1. To make safe; to procure the safety of; to preserve from
injury, destruction, or evil of any kind; to rescue from
impending danger; as, to save a house from the flames.
God save all this fair company. --Chaucer.
He cried, saying, Lord, save me. --Matt. xiv.
Thou hast . . . quitted all to save
A world from utter loss. --Milton.
2. (Theol.) Specifically, to deliver from sin and its
penalty; to rescue from a state of condemnation and
spiritual death, and bring into a state of spiritual life.
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
--1 Tim. i.
3. To keep from being spent or lost; to secure from waste or
expenditure; to lay up; to reserve.
Now save a nation, and now save a groat. --Pope.
4. To rescue from something undesirable or hurtful; to
prevent from doing something; to spare.
I'll save you
That labor, sir. All's now done. --Shak.
5. To hinder from doing, suffering, or happening; to obviate
the necessity of; to prevent; to spare.
Will you not speak to save a lady's blush? --Dryden.
6. To hold possession or use of; to escape loss of.
Just saving the tide, and putting in a stock of
To save appearances
, to preserve a decent outside; to avoid
exposure of a discreditable state of things.
Syn: To preserve; rescue; deliver; protect; spare; reserve;
, n. [F. apparence, L. apparentia, fr.
apparere. See Appear
1. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of
becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance
2. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an
appearance in the sky.
3. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect;
And now am come to see . . .
It thy appearance answer loud report. --Milton.
4. Semblance, or apparent likeness; external show. pl.
Outward signs, or circumstances, fitted to make a
particular impression or to determine the judgment as to
the character of a person or a thing, an act or a state;
as, appearances are against him.
There was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the
appearance of fire. --Num. ix. 15.
For man looketh on the outward appearance. --1 Sam.
Judge not according to the appearance. --John. vii.
5. The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society,
a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public
in a particular character; as, a person makes his
appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.
Will he now retire,
After appearance, and again prolong
Our expectation? --Milton.
6. Probability; likelihood. [Obs.]
There is that which hath no appearance. --Bacon.
7. (Law) The coming into court of either of the parties; the
being present in court; the coming into court of a party
summoned in an action, either by himself or by his
attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper
officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a
party proceeded against places himself before the court,
and submits to its jurisdiction. --Burrill. --Bouvier.
To put in an appearance
, to be present; to appear in
To save appearances
, to preserve a fair outward show.
Syn: Coming; arrival; presence; semblance; pretense; air;
look; manner; mien; figure; aspect.