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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VENEER

Or is it a factory, disguised with a veneer of the Puginesque?

A second time I glimpsed the Slav behind his veneer of civilization.

Some have no veneer like this boor, and some have the polish, but they are all the same underneath.

Truthfulness is essential to culture, which, without it, will be only a veneer.

This veneer had come unloosened in many places and was split up.

The sloughing off of the veneer of civilisation was not rapid, but it was sure.

Is it merely a veneer, a coat of paint laid on from without?

In the stress of his anguish Conan's veneer of civilization had fallen from him.

For this we require a cardboard or veneer base and a number of stales.

As a veneer material, it is demanded in four times the quantity of any other species.

WORD ORIGIN

1702, from German Furnier, from furnieren "to cover with a veneer, inlay," from French fournir "to furnish, accomplish," from Middle French fornir "to furnish," from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German frumjan "to provide;" see furnish). A word batted back and forth from German to French to German. Figurative sense of "mere outward show of some good quality" is attested from 1868. The verb is recorded from 1728.

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