Know Your Next Word : facile
15. facile :
fluent, skillful in a superficial way, easy
a facile temperament
To say that a writer's style is facile is so say both that it is skillful and that it would be better if the writer exerted himself or herself more.
The word facile almost always contains this sense of superficiality.
Joe's poems were facile rather than truly accomplished. If you read them closely, you soon realized they were filled with clichés.
The bank president was a facile speaker. He could speak engagingly on almost any topic with very little preparation. He spoke with great facility.
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