Root of the Week: FAL-

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**

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fallacious
falsetto
falsify
falsity
infallible

 
**POPULAR PHRASES**

A faux pas is a social blunder or a breach of etiquette, literally a “false step” in French.

 
**ROOT RELATIONSHIPS**

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

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