French for false, artificial, fake. English speakers say "faux" to give a high-toned quality to what is often an imitation of a natural material — leather, fur, metal, or stone for example. Although faux materials are usually less expensive than the real thing, there can be other advantages to them: durability, uniformity, weight, color, and availability perhaps. There can be allegorical advantages too (falsity can have its purposes!) particularly when juxtaposed with opulence. Faux finishes are painted simulations of other materials — the look of their colors and textures. Examples include: stones (marble, granite, sandstone, malachite, porphyry, serpentine, lapis, etc.), wood (also called faux bois — false wood), masonry, and metal (gold, silver,and bronze, along with all of their potential patinas). A faux marble might be a substitute like terrazzo or scagliola, each of which employ marble dust in a plaster binder to result in a hard material that will take a polish. See the article on "marbling" for a discussion of marbling papers as well as faux-marbling as a painting technique. (pr. foh) Also see copy, counterfeit, forgery, gold leaf, likeness, marbling, naturalism, silver leaf, simulacrum, stipple, tortoiseshell, trompe l'oeil, and truth.

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  • faux — faux, fausse 1. (fô, fô s ) adj. 1°   Qui n est pas vrai, qui est contraire à la réalité. Ce qu il dit est faux. Il n y a rien de plus faux. Un faux exposé. De faux rapports. •   Crains tu si peu le blâme et si peu les faux bruits ?, CORN. Cid,… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • faux — FAUX, [f]ausse. adj. Qui n est pas veritable. Cela est faux. il n y a rien de si faux, de plus faux. chose fausse. fausse nouvelle. faux advis. faux rapport, de faux rapports. fausse doctrine. fausse maxime. faux serment. fausse histoire. fausse… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Faux — (pronEng|ˈfoʊ, like ) is a French word for false or fake . It is often used in English phrases such as faux pearls , faux fur , and faux pas .When manufacturing faux objects or materials, an attempt is often made to create products which will… …   Wikipedia

  • Faux — (frz. für „falsch“) ist die Bezeichnung mehrerer Gemeinden in Frankreich: Faux (Ardennes), Gemeinde im Département Ardennes Faux (Dordogne), Gemeinde im Département Dordogne mit Namenszusatz: Faux Fresnay, Gemeinde im Département Marne Faux la… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Faux Q — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Faux et Q.  Faux Q {{{nomorigine}}} …   Wikipédia en Français

  • faux — faux, fausse adj. Faux comme un jeton, faux jeton, faux cul, faux derche, déloyal, sournois, hypocrite. / Fausse couche, résidu de fausse couche, individu mal conformé ; lâche, méprisable. / Fausse poule, faux policier (arg.) …   Dictionnaire du Français argotique et populaire

  • faux — [ fou ] adjective artificial: a faux marble bathroom faux fur …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Faux — Nom surtout porté dans le Sud Ouest (33, 47). Désigne celui qui est originaire de Faux, un lieu où pousse le hêtre (latin fagus). A noter la commune de Faux en Dordogne, près de Bergerac …   Noms de famille

  • faux — from Fr. faux false (12c., see FALSE (Cf. false)). Used with English words at least since 1676 (Etheredge, faux prude). Used by itself, with French pronunciation, from 1980s to mean fake …   Etymology dictionary

  • faux — faux·bour·don; faux·bourg; faux; …   English syllables

  • faux — (f[add]ks), n.; pl. {fauces} (f[add] s[=e]z). [L.] See {Fauces} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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