Faux vs Ersatz - What's the difference?
Faux is a synonym of ersatz.
As adjectives the difference between faux and ersatz
is that faux
is fake or artificial while ersatz
is made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.
As a noun ersatz is
something made in imitation; an effigy or substitute.
Fake or artificial
- clothing made from faux leather
- a faux -archaic style of speech
- faux wine
* faux pas
* fauxhawk / fohawk
Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.
- Back then, we could only get ersatz coffee.
* artificial, faux, imitation, knock off
* 1923 , Arthur Michael Samuel,
The Mancroft Essays'', ''Pinchbeck'', page 164 (possibly published before in ''The Saturday Review in 1917–1921):
*: In these days of “rolled” gold, electro-plate, and undetectable pearls, it is curious that almost the only honest Ersatz material known to the goldsmith's art should be utterly forgotten.
* 1929 , "Zeppelining," Time , 16 Sep.,
*: Ersatzgas'', ''Ersatzpfennige . Ersatz has become a brave word in Germany. As a substantive it means War Reparations. As part of compounded words it means substitute.
* 2001 , The New Yorker , 15 Oct,
*: The avant-garde's opposite number, in Greenberg's scheme, is kitsch, "ersatz culture"—art for capitalism's new man (who turns out to be no different from Fascism's or Communism's new man).
* 2003 , The New Yorker , 17 & 24 Feb,
*: The NATO visitors watched an ersatz eighteenth-century dance (complete with powdered wigs and simulated copulation) that might have been considered obscene had it not been so amusing.
* 2004 , The New Yorker , 31 May,
*: The crowd wandered out to a huge party on the ersatz city blocks of the Paramount lot.
Something made in imitation; an effigy or substitute.
* imitation, knock off