facade

[fuh-sahd, fa-]
noun
1.
Architecture.
a.
the front of a building, especially an imposing or decorative one.
b.
any side of a building facing a public way or space and finished accordingly.
2.
a superficial appearance or illusion of something: They managed somehow to maintain a facade of wealth.
Also, façade.


Origin:
1650–60; < French < Upper Italian faciada, Italian facciata, equivalent to facci(a) face + -ata -ade1

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façade or facade (fəˈsɑːd, fæ-, fəˈsɑːd, fæ-)
 
n
1.  the face of a building, esp the main front
2.  a front or outer appearance, esp a deceptive one
 
[C17: from French, from Italian facciata, from facciaface]
 
facade or facade
 
n
 
[C17: from French, from Italian facciata, from facciaface]

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facade
1650s, from Fr. façade, It. facciata, from faccia "face," from V.L. *facia (see face).
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Example sentences
The content of the phobia has about the same importance for it as the manifest
  dream facade has for the dream.
It really annoys me all this scientific research over animals whether it is
  cosmetic industry testing or this latest facade.
For instance, here's a thought experiment: let's say you live in a damp region
  and have problems with mold on your house's facade.
If they laugh and call you names no one will look at them and all the cracks in
  the facade.
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