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Definition of faux

: not real or genuine: such as
a : made to look like something else that is usually more valuable : imitation, fake faux leather/fur a string of faux pearls faux is the French word for fake, but it's a very chic fake. Faux marble, for example, is found in the best of homes.— Sylvia Sachs
b : not sincere a show of faux [=feigned] concern On Monday the CEO dusted off a version of the "I'm sorry if I offended you" faux apology used when people really mean, "I'm sorry I got caught."The East Bay (California) Times

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Examples of faux in a Sentence

even the animal rights activists were fooled by the faux furs
Recent Examples on the Web Ellen Degeneres' faux fur company UnHide, co-owns Ani Energy and launched a Gen-Z focused production company with Mark Wahlberg. Matt Egan, CNN, "These TikTok stars built a VC firm backed by Anthony Scaramucci and the Winklevoss twins," 30 Apr. 2021 This faux leather accent chair features pillow-style plush cushions that are generously padded and durable. Samantha Driscoll, Better Homes & Gardens, "Our Favorite Home Products from the Summer Better Homes & Gardens Walmart Collection," 30 Apr. 2021 Its complaint, echoing Hart, has been that liberals are working from faux, politically motivated science rather than the real thing. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, "Is There a Case for Legalizing Heroin?," 29 Apr. 2021 World Market has faux succulents, botanicals and flowers, too. oregonlive, "Mother’s Day plants, flowers and other gift ideas: Don’t dilly-dally, as Mom might say," 29 Apr. 2021 As for that faux tense exchange with Popovich in the third quarter Wednesday? Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "With Derrick White out, Spurs' rookie Devin Vassell primed for starting role," 29 Apr. 2021 From vibrant peonies to elegant faux floral branches and seasonal gardening kits, shop the best Mother's Day flower delivery services now. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "11 Mother's Day Flower Delivery Services to Shop in 2021," 27 Apr. 2021 Detachable is what Dell calls the Detachable Keyboard, a spill-proof premium metal and faux-suede keyboard that does for the 7320 what the Signature Type Cover does for the Surface. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Dell's new Latitude 7320 Detachable will take on the Surface Pro 7+," 27 Apr. 2021 This kind of faux fracas over meat consumption is now occurring semi-regularly. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "There Is No War on Meat. There Should Be.," 26 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of faux

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faux

French, false

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5 May 2021

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“Faux.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faux. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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