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noun as in pretense, front

verb as in cover, overlay

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Example Sentences

That was very taboo in the scientific community, where you were supposed to maintain this veneer of objective distance from research subjects.

From Vox

Flack takes its time dismantling its characters’ empowered veneers.

From Time

There’s a veneer of professionalism to everything Lovato does and says in Dancing With the Devil, not out of dishonesty or evasion, but perhaps because she knows how many young people hang on her every word.

From Time

Over the next months, Pinterest’s warm, fuzzy veneer would unravel like one of the platform’s chunky knitted sweaters.

From Time

It’s made of recyclable materials and finished with a stylish walnut veneer that allows it to blend in naturally in almost any home setup.

A worn couch sitting squarely before a wood veneer wall, accented by the head of a deer.

But underneath this PC veneer, Louie is hiding some troubling assumptions.

But now that veneer is gone, and what remains is a callow man-child at odds with himself.

Of course, the fact that Tris faces and eviscerates her own anxiety lends the simulation scene a veneer of victory and autonomy.

Some of his preciousness is a veneer, however, for his fatalistic streak.

The veneer was gone now; Sheila Carmack's eyes were vicious pools of hate, her mouth a grimace.

Her disposition was sour and malevolent, despite its elegant veneer.

Just now, notwithstanding the veneer of his too perfect clothes and civilised air, the beast had leapt out.

The veneer is laid flat on a board and cut with a sharp knife or fine saw along the edge of a ruler.

For the inner section, walnut, which may be had as thin as 1/64 in., or any thin straight-grained veneer may be used.


On this page you'll find 73 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to veneer, such as: coating, exterior, facade, gloss, layer, and mask.

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