July 09, 2013
facile (adjective)
\FASS-ul\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : easily done, handled, or achieved b : overly simple : shallow c : easily experienced or displayed and often insincere2 : working, moving, or performing with skill and ease : fluent How do you use it? By the end of the special creative writing program, kids who'd been afraid to write had become wonderfully facile storytellers. Are you a word wiz? "Facile" has a number of meanings, and all but one of the sentences below feature one of them. Which of the following sentences does NOT show a correct use of "facile"? A. His facile tears that made us doubt just how heartbroken he was. B. The problem is too complex to be solved by such a facile solution. C. It's quite facile for her to work late into the night on art projects. D. The players were glad to win, but were disappointed at the facile victory. Answer: Only Sentence C uses "facile" incorrectly. Sentence A uses "facile" as it's defined at 1c, to mean "easily experienced or displayed and often insincere"; you can't trust facile tears because they happen too easily and tend not be sincere. In sentence B "facile" means "overly simple"; an overly simple solution to a complex problem generally isn't going to lead to success. Sentence D uses "facile" to mean "easily done or achieved"; a facile victory is a victory, but it doesn't feel as good as one that's been fought for. Our "
How do you use it?
By the end of the special creative writing program, kids who'd been afraid to write had become wonderfully facile storytellers.
Are you a word wiz?

"Facile" has a number of meanings, and all but one of the sentences below feature one of them. Which of the following sentences does NOT show a correct use of "facile"?

Only Sentence C uses "facile" incorrectly. Sentence A uses "facile" as it's defined at 1c, to mean "easily experienced or displayed and often insincere"; you can't trust facile tears because they happen too easily and tend not be sincere. In sentence B "facile" means "overly simple"; an overly simple solution to a complex problem generally isn't going to lead to success. Sentence D uses "facile" to mean "easily done or achieved"; a facile victory is a victory, but it doesn't feel as good as one that's been fought for. Our "How do you use it?" sentence is a good example of the fourth meaning of "facile."
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