falsetto, n. artificially high voice, squeak, squeal; soprano, counter-tenor,
falsify, v. 1. misrepresent, misstate, misquote; pervert, distort, adulterate; overstate, overdo, overstress, overcharge, overcolor; hyperbolize, overdraw, exaggerate, stretch, stretch the point, strain, (of writing or speech) pad; color, paint, paint in glowing terms, doctor, dress up; oversell, Inf. play up, Inf build up or on; equivocate, prevaricate, hedge; trump up, hatch, spin, concoct, cook up.
2. dissemble, dissimulate, conceal; feign, pretend, fake, act, put on, sham, malinger; counterfeit, forge, Brit. Inf. coin.
3. disprove, show to be false, prove unsound, confute; refute, rebut, contradict, oppose.
falter, v. 1. hesitate, waver, hover, hang in the balance, vacillate, oscillate; fluctuate, blow hot and cold, alternate, go back and forth between; be undecided, Inf. straddle the fence, dilly-dally, shilly-shally; hem and haw, delay, waste time, trifle, dawdle, take one's time; tarry, loiter, linger, lag behind, hang back, drag one's feet, shuffle, shamble.
2. break, give way, halt, pause, stop briefly; stammer, stutter, lisp, speak haltingly or brokenly.
3. stumble, trip, fall down, slip, slide; move unsteadily, stagger, reel, sway, totter, teeter, teeter-totter; dodder, tremble, shake, quiver; limp, hobble, hitch.
4. lose strength, weaken, deteriorate, go downhill, fail, slip, backslide, lapse, relapse, regress, worsen; wane, flag, ebb, diminish, fade, faint, die away.
fame, n. 1. renown, bays, celebrity, stardom, illustriousness, greatness, preeminence, superiority, supremacy; eminence, notability, note, distinction, mark; prominence, rank, standing, prestige, weight, importance, account.
2. honor, laurels, glory, praise, kudos, £clat, acclamation, acclaim; popularity, vogue, favor, esteem, high regard, admiration, respect.
3. reputation, repute, name, notoriety; public regard, estimation, regard, opinion, judgment.
familiar, adj. 1. known, well-known, common, frequent, repeated; habitual, accustomed, customary, wonted, traditional, conventional; usual, ordinary, everyday, commonplace, trite, stock, cliche, hackneyed.
familiar with conversant with, acquainted with, instructed in, knowledgeable in, versed in; apprised of, informed of, privy to, in on; aware of, alive to, conscious of, cognizant of.
3. informal, unceremonious, natural, casual, simple; unconstrained, free, open, unreserved; easy, free-and-easy, relaxed, comfortable, at ease, at home.
4. intimate, close, Scot. pack, dear, confidential, bosom; clubby, chummy, hob-and-nob, hand and glove, Inf thick, Inf. thick as thieves, SI. buddy-buddy, SI. palsy-walsy; friendly, neighborly, amicable, sociable.
5. overfamiliar, disrespectful, taking liberties; forward, intrusive, presumptuous; bold, impudent, saucy.
6. domesticated, acclimatized, broken, tame; house-broken; domestic, familial, household; docile, tractable, gentle, meek.