Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one facade or multiple facades.)
Literally, a facade is the large, fancy outside face of a building.
Figuratively, a facade is a fake appearance. It's a false front, made up to seem that way only from the outside.
How to use it:
Talk about someone putting up a facade, displaying a facade, creating a facade, maintaining a facade, etc., as in "She's putting up a confident facade, but secretly she's terrified of her competitors."
You can say that someone or something has "a facade of something," as in "I'm not fooled by that company's facade of concern for the environment."
Often, you use an adjective right before this word, like in "a sophisticated facade," "the smooth facade," "her glamorous facade," "its peaceful facade," and so on.
Finally, talk about something being "just a facade" or "only a facade" or "simply a facade," as in "His patient attitude with the customers is just a facade. At home he blogs about how much he hates them all."
Despite your nerves on the first day at a new teaching job, you'd better firmly slap on a confident facade or risk the students tearing you apart.
What was underneath his curmudgeonly facade after you got to know him well?
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "facade" means when you can explain it without saying "fake" or "front."
Think of something or someone that seemed really different to you once you understood it (or him or her) well, and fill in the blanks: “Get beyond _____'s _____ facade and you'll see that _____.”
Example: “Get beyond that educational program's innovative facade and you'll see that it's a very basic, even dull, script for lesson plans.”
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Call them sappy, trite, and simplistic, but I love pop song lyrics and titles for their precision and concision. Like the minimal text on road signs, these lyrics have to get their point across fast and use words that everybody understands. The songs would flop otherwise. This month, let’s appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles with our game:
Guess the real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it. All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day.
Example fake title: “Periods of Time Spanning Years Numbering in the Hundreds”
Real title: “Centuries” by Fall Out Boy
Try this one today: “Escort Me to the Location in which Community Members Gather to Worship”
A Point Well Made:
William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White: “When you say something, make sure you have said it. The chances of your having said it are only fair.”
1. The opposite of FACADE is
2. The salesman employed a friendly facade that _____.
A. fell apart the moment money changed hands.
B. confused his superiors and customers.
C. reflected his true kindness towards others.
Answers are below.
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Disclaimer: Word meanings presented here are expressed in plain language and are limited to common, useful applications only. Readers interested in authoritative and multiple definitions of words are encouraged to check a dictionary. Likewise, word meanings, usage, and pronunciations are limited to American English; these elements may vary across world Englishes.
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