Faux vs Ersatz - What's the difference?

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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


    * genuine

    Derived terms

    * faux pas * fauxhawk / fohawk * fauxhemian * fauxlex * fauxmosexual * fauxnetic * fauxtatoes ----




    (en adjective)
  • 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.
  • (en)


    * imitation, knock off