A facet is one side or aspect of something. If you’re thinking about quitting your day job to become a circus performer, you should first consider every facet of what your new life would be like.

Facet, which is related to the word face, can also refer to one of the flat “faces” of a diamond or other gem. This was the word’s original definition, and it was evidently seen as an apt metaphor for one side of a complex idea. When a problem has many parts to consider (or when it’s just a huge mess), you can describe it as multifaceted.

Definitions of facet
  1. noun
    a distinct feature or element in a problem
    “he studied every facet of the question”
    synonyms: aspect
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    an aspect of something (as contrasted with some other implied aspect)
    sector, sphere
    a particular aspect of life or activity
    a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something
    a negative aspect of something that is generally positive
    one of two sides of an issue
    a specialized sphere of knowledge
    type of:
    characteristic, feature
    a prominent attribute or aspect of something
  2. noun
    a smooth surface (as of a bone or cut gemstone)
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    a figure that is a part of another figure
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