Know Your Next Word : facile

15. facile :

adjective :

fluent, skillful in a superficial way, easy

usage :

  • a facile temperament

  • facile people

  • 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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