Your Roots2Words Root of the Week is FAL-:
FAL– is a word root meaning to fail or to deceive.
Common FAL- words include fault, fail, failure, false, and falsehood.
More esoteric FAL- words include fallibility.
**WORDS TO KNOW**
A faux pas is a social blunder or a breach of etiquette, literally a “false step” in French.
The root FAL– is linked thematically to FRAUD-, which means deceit or guile:
defraud (verb) – to swindle or claim through deceit or trickery
fraud (noun) – an act of deceit or trickery conducted for unfair or unlawful ends; one who perpetrates such deception
fraudulent (adj) – dishonest; false; based on deceit