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veneer (noun) cover.
Veneer is the thin layer of wood or plastic that covers the surface of furniture made of cheap material. A veneer of politeness is an appearance of politeness without real politeness.
- The teak veneer gave the furniture a look of richness. Covered by the think layer of teak, the furniture, though made of cheap material, appeared very expensive and rich.
- Behind the veneer of culture and gentleness, lay the real man, proud, and cruel. He appeared to be cultured, but he was really proud and cruel.