December 8, 2021

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Word of the Day: facile

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1. arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth

2. performing adroitly and without effort

3. expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively

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The word facile has appeared in 41 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on March 3 in “A ‘Rent’ Reunion Measures 25 Years of Love and Loss” by Maya Phillips:

Is “Rent,” Jonathan Larson’s 25-year-old groundbreaking musical, somber or celebratory? When I was in high school, in the early throes of my “Rent” obsession, I made my aunt see the show. “That’s so depressing!” she wailed afterward. “No it isn’t!” I insisted. She looked at me like I was crazy.

It took me a few viewings before I could watch “Rent” without bursting into head-aching, snot-falling ugly crying, but eventually the show became my joy, my comfort. As much as Roger and Mark, a songwriter and filmmaker, hoped to make something of themselves through their art, so did I make myself — in whatever facile way — through “Rent,” using it to shape myself as an artist and an outcast and a New Yorker.

Can you correctly use the word facile in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

Then, read some of the other sentences students have submitted and use the “Recommend” button to vote for two original sentences that stand out to you.

If you want a better idea of how facile can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

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