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façade, veneer
façade, facade (fuh SAHD) (noun)
1. The foremost part or face of a building: The saloon had a large facade covering the whole front.
2. A way of behaving or appearing that gives other people a false idea of your true feelings or situation: The couple were always trying to keep up the facade of their happy marriage.
veneer (vuh NEAR) (noun)
1. A thin layer of wood or other material that is attached to the surface of something in order to make it look better: All the shelves had veneer along the front.
2. The appearance of politeness without any sincerity: The veneer of respectability, which the newly rich man tried to show, was in fact superficial and obviously insincere.

The façade of the building was covered with a veneer of imitation stone, making it look 100 years older than it actually was.

Word Entries at Get Words: “fa ade
facade, façade (s) (noun); facades, façades (pl)
1. The front of a building; especially, an imposing or decorative one with special architectural design: It was interesting to see the windowless facade of the skyscraper in New York.
2. A showy, artificial, or deceptive misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant or a superficial appearance or illusion of something: Somehow Sam's company managed to maintain a facade of wealth and well-being despite their financial losses.

Henry could sense the hostility that was lurking behind Mildred's polite facade.

3. Etymology: "front of a building" from French façade, from Italian facciata; from faccia, "face"; from Vulgar (Common) Latin facia, "face".
The front of the face presenting a false impression.
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