Make Do: Fac

Practice these words that derive from the Latin root fac, meaning "make" or "do." This list is sure to make your day!

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  1. artifact
    a man-made object
    The Boston museum unveiled a new exhibit Friday featuring 100 original artifacts, documents and photographs from Kennedy’s life and political career.Seattle Times (May 28, 2017)
  2. benefactor
    a person who helps people or institutions
    What will Arthur do for Erik, his sponsor, his benefactor, his ticket to the big time?Tangerine
  3. facile
    arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth
    Instant opinion is what matters, no matter how rushed, inaccurate, facile or unreasonable.Wall Street Journal (Sep 7, 2016)
  4. facilitate
    make easier
    They maximize the kinds of spaces where we feel most at home, organized around layouts that facilitate ease of use and movement.Slate (Oct 3, 2016)
  5. facility
    a building or place that provides a particular service
    Before long he was raising millions of dollars to build campus sports facilities.Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal
  6. facsimile
    an exact copy or reproduction
    One wall shows the original prints, which Mr. Chalfant pieced together by hand to recreate a facsimile of the work.New York Times (Jan 12, 2017)
  7. fact
    a piece of information about events that have occurred
    Despite the fact that he was born here in America, Peter says he wants to live in Jamaica.The Sun Is Also a Star
  8. faction
    a dissenting clique
    Her nomination was welcomed by everybody, including the most radical faction of the scientific community.Science Magazine (Jun 19, 2017)
  9. factious
    dissenting with the majority opinion
    The English Government was now resolved to show that it would temporize no longer with the factious colonists.McCarthy, Justin
  10. factitious
    not produced by natural forces; artificial or fake
    The first description of VCD dates back to 1951, when it was dubbed “ factitious asthma”; doctors essentially thought patients were lying.Washington Post (Jul 27, 2015)
  11. factor
    anything that contributes causally to a result
    This geographical advantage was a major factor in the districts losing the war that led to my being a tribute today.The Hunger Games
  12. factory
    a plant with facilities for manufacturing
    The garment factory is a sprawling cluster of seven large buildings, all of which are visible on satellite photographs.Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
  13. factotum
    a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
    But “ factotum” means “a person hired to do all sorts of work.”Washington Post (Dec 18, 2015)
  14. factual
    relating to or characterized by verified information
    The reputation of news organizations are now on the line to make sure that the stories they print are indeed factual.Forbes (Apr 14, 2011)
  15. faculty
    an inherent cognitive or perceptual power of the mind
    As we age we think we are perfectly capable of doing all sorts of things, however diminished our faculties may be.Seattle Times (Oct 14, 2016)
  16. malefactor
    someone who has committed a crime
    One concern is that hackers or malefactors could potentially hijack and misuse intimate information recorded by Internet-connect devices to the detriment of consumers.New York Times (Jan 27, 2015)
  17. manufacture
    put together out of artificial or natural components
    Mack said one of the firm’s strengths lay with its technology that allows it to manufacture clothing very quickly.Reuters (Sep 6, 2017)
  18. putrefaction
    the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
    The sulfide itself accompanies putrefaction in many kinds of organic matter, including human.Slate (Apr 19, 2012)

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