Antonyms for facile

Grammar : Adj
Spell : fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl
Phonetic Transcription : ˈfæs ɪl or, esp. British, -aɪl

Definition of facile

Origin :
  • late 15c., from Middle French facile "easy," from Latin facilis "easy to do" and, of persons, "pliant, courteous," from facere "to do" (see factitious).
  • adj easy; easily mastered
Example sentences :
  • This was his special gift and as usual in such cases he was not a facile writer.
  • Extract from : « Cleveland Past and Present » by Maurice Joblin
  • I cannot brush aside the problem by a facile reference to reincarnation.
  • Extract from : « Mountain Meditations » by L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • Consequently the poisoners of the wells of truth had a facile task.
  • Extract from : « England and Germany » by Emile Joseph Dillon
  • A Latin tag came into my head about the facile descent into the abyss.
  • Extract from : « The Arrow of Gold » by Joseph Conrad
  • Mrs. Austen, in spite of her facile digestion, gagged at it.
  • Extract from : « The Paliser case » by Edgar Saltus
  • Cassy enjoyed the food, the diluted wine, Paliser's facile touch.
  • Extract from : « The Paliser case » by Edgar Saltus
  • And yet, how could one consider these trivial, facile French phrases private?
  • Extract from : « Wintry Peacock » by D. H. Lawrence
  • He was facile, ingenious, dexterous, everything but inspired.
  • Extract from : « John Lyly » by John Dover Wilson
  • "You thought wrong," said Louis, ever facile with subterfuges.
  • Extract from : « Lords of the North » by A. C. Laut
  • He was as facile with the pen as with the tongue, and his publications were many and important.
  • Extract from : « American Men of Mind » by Burton E. Stevenson

Synonyms for facile

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