Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
The word ‘facade’ is used in two main ways, both related to the outer layer of something. Firstly, it describes the front of a building, particularly a large, important, or attractive one. Secondly, it can be used to express a deceptive outward appearance designed to hide the truth of something. In the latter sense, it is often used in a negative context.
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The grand old building had an ornate, 17th-century facade that faced onto the street. It was a very impressive sight.
My wife and I tried our best to maintain the facade of a happy marriage, but in reality, things had disintegrated badly.
Anne’s cheerful demeanour is just a facade. She’s actually very calculating and ruthless.