(Latin: deception, untrue, incorrect; deceiving; contrary to truth and fact; lie)
2. To speak hesitatingly; to stammer; unsteadiness in speech or action: Lou's voice seemed to falter while she was speaking emotionally about her father.
3. To lose strength, power, or vitality; to move teeteringly: The effect of the woman's long illness caused her strength to falter after just a little bit of exercise.
4. To show a loss of confidence; especially, to speak or to act with hesitation: The audience could tell that the speaker was very nervous because his voice was faltering from time to time.
5. Etymology: of unknown origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source of Old Norse faltrask, "to be burdened, to hesitate, to be troubled, to fail", or of Middle English falden, "to fold" and said to be influenced by the fault element.
2. Responsibility for a wrongful act: It is Nell's fault that the toast burned.
3. An error or a mistake: Sam was told that he made a fault when he was completing the application form!
4. In geology, a rock fracture along which movement or displacement in the plane of the fracture has taken place: The city was built on a major fault line and has always been at risk when an earthquake occurs.
If ever there was a faultfinder, it is Sean's aunt who is always complaining about how he looks and what he does or doesn't do.2. An instrument designed to locate leaks in an electric current: As part of the house inspection, Sam, the engineer, used a fault-finder to detect any problems with the electrical system.
3. The systematic investigation of malfunctions in an electronic apparatus: The engineers were developing fault-finders which are instruments that could be used to guarantee the proper functioning of the computer systems which would be utilized by the new internet service providers.
2. Having defects; existing erroneously, imperfectly, or improperly: The team of engineers were faultily blaming the construction workers for the delay in completing the project.
2. Being without a blemish or a defect: The writer had the most faultless reputation as an editorial writer for the newspaper.
2. Blameless and impeccable or being perfect: Todd faultlessly completed the complicated mathematical formula and proved his point.
2. Having problems; especially, those that cause malfunctions: The faulty wiring in the old house resulted in the fuses frequently burning and needing to be replaced.
2. An embarrassing mistake that breaks a social convention: Craig reached out to hug the the host's wife, instead of shaking her hand, which was a faux pas because he had never met her before.
3. A slip, or blunder, in etiquette, manners, or conduct: The American committed a faux pas when he shook hands with the head of a foreign government with his left hand in his pants pocket.
4. Etymology: from French, "false step". The word faux by itself, with French pronunciation, was borrowed into English in the 1980s to mean "fake".
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2. Etymology: from French faux, "false" + naïf, "naive" or "simple".
Some fauxtography is real, while some have aspects that have been faked; so, photographs about public figures or events are especially worth cautious viewing.
As images and audio editing in fauxtography become easier for more people to use, whether for their own entertainment or to manipulate public perceptions, truth becomes increasingly elusive; so, people need to be more critical about what they see and hear.