facete

adjective fa·cete \ fə-ˈsēt \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of facete

archaic

Origin and Etymology of facete

borrowed from Latin facētus "clever, choosing or judging adeptly, witty," of uncertain origin
Note: Associated by ancient writers, sometimes in a punning manner, with faciō, facere "to do, make" (see fact), though this etymology is plausible neither semantically nor derivationally. A modern etymology connects it with fac-, fax "torch, light" (see facula), assuming an earlier meaning "bright" for facētus, shifting to "clever," though the assumption of a noun *facēs parallel to fax is questionable.


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