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A.Word.A.Day--superficies

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This week's theme: miscellaneous words.

superficies (soo-puhr-FISH-ee-eez) noun

Outer surface or appearance of something or someone.

[From Latin superficies, from super (over, above) + facies (form, face), from facere (to make or do). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dhe- (to set or put) that is also the source of do, deed, factory, fashion, face, rectify, defeat, sacrifice, satisfy, Sanskrit sandhi (literally, joining), Urdu purdah (literally, veil or curtain), and Russian duma (council).]

See more usage examples of superficies in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"You are elated to realise how close they are to Zanu-PF, beneath the superficies of perfunctory opposition." When Home is Harder Than Away; The Herald (Harare, Zimbabwe); Nov 3, 2007.

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How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld, writer (1613-1680)

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