Usage examples for veneer

  1. " That is it, I suppose-" I said hoarsely-" I am not a gentleman underneath- the civilization is mere veneer- and the man breaks through it- I have nothing to say- I was mad, that is all. – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  2. Leonie shuddered as the veneer of refinement cracked under the strain of the man's rage, showing the brutality and grossness immediately underneath. – Leonie of the Jungle by Joan Conquest
  3. His face was suddenly reddened, beneath the veneer of tan. – As It Was in the Beginning by Philip Verrill Mighels
  4. All that training and education can do is to inhibit under ordinary conditions certain undesirable tendencies and instincts and to strengthen through exercise those that are desirable; and even then when a crisis comes, the old, hereditary instinct is apt to break through its thin veneer and actually frighten the individual at the unexpected strength it reveals. – Parent and Child Vol. III., Child Study and Training by Mosiah Hall
  5. " No," said Alec, scanning the Greek's smiling yet subtle face with those frank eyes of his that had so quickly learned the secret of looking beneath the veneer of men's words to discover their motives. – A Son of the Immortals by Louis Tracy
  6. Afterwards I became bad without that veneer. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  7. Her fears were proving too much for her, and she was in imminent danger of a complete breakdown; all the veneer with which she had bravely commenced the interview had disappeared. – Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon
  8. He hates veneer about him in every particular and only as he throws off every vestige of it does he enjoy to the full his world. – Notes of an Itinerant Policeman by Josiah Flynt
  9. Then why do they continue to hide steel and fire- brick cages under a veneer of granite six inches thick, causing them to pose as solid stone buildings? – The Ways of Men by Eliot Gregory
  10. She believed- not without reason- that, under Ross's glossy veneer of gentleman, there was a shrewd and calculating nature; it, she thought, would not permit the gentleman to make mess of those matters, which, coarse and sordid though they were, still must be looked after sharply if the gentleman was to be kept going. – The Second Generation by David Graham Phillips
  11. The man beneath the veneer, rage or passion led, held her in a clasp that left its wounds upon her tender arms. – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  12. The veneer was unsafe, however, and it was agreed that all should stay well away from the area where Connel had been imprisoned. – The Flaming Mountain by Harold Leland Goodwin
  13. Then suddenly the veneer was knocked off and for the first time in your life the fine fibre of you- the real stuff you are made of, got the chance to assert itself. – Prairie Flowers by James B. Hendryx
  14. Do you know much about the Veneer family? – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  15. You have been much in the East, Principino, and you have learned to love the desert; but you would not have loved it as you do were it not for the spirit of romance which keeps you old- fashioned under a very thin veneer of what is modern. – The Guests Of Hercules by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  16. To say truth, the Eastern veneer was more than usually superficial, even for a veneer. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  17. The thinner the veneer of civilized habit, the more easily the animal, always waiting and craving war, breaks through. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  18. It had stripped from Hal, the cad, the veneer of false social rank based on wealth and found there also a man. – The Boy Scouts in A Trapper's Camp by Thornton W. Burgess
  19. And for all Nana Sahib's veneer of English class, mental development, beneath the English shirt he wore the junwa, the three- strand sacred thread, insignia of the twice- born,- the Brahmin. – Caste by W. A. Fraser