V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (n.) 1. a thin layer of a decorative material that is used to hide something unattractive or cheap; 2. a superficial or deceptive appearance; (v.) to attach a veneer
Synonyms: (n.) surfacing, facing, fašade, pretense, coating, covering, disguise, (v.) finish, cover, overlay
Antonyms: (n.) interior, substance
Tips: Veneer is derived from the German (and possibly French) furnier, which meant "to cover with a veneer." The word "furnish" shares a similar origin. Veneer may be used as a noun or a verb (see usage examples) to denote outer, deceptively ornamental covering. Veneer can be used figuratively to describe an outer demeanor used to hide true inner emotions or intentions. Veneers (artificial tool surfaces placed over real teeth) are very popular in cosmetic dentistry.
Frank hid his sadness behind a veneer of toughness. (disguise, pretense) noun
Sam couldn't decide whether to veneer the old armoire or simply paint it. (cover, overlay, resurface) verb
Judy got a set of porcelain veneers to cover her crooked teeth. (artificial tooth surface) noun
He hid his depravity under a veneer of false kindness. (pretense, disguise, fašade)
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