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[fawlt-fahyn-ding] /ˈfɔltˌfaɪn dɪŋ/
the act of pointing out faults, especially faults of a petty nature; carping.
tending to find fault; disposed to complain or object; captious.
Origin of faultfinding
First recorded in 1620-30; fault + finding
2. critical, censorious. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It will be easy to discourage by quarrels, jealousy and fault-finding.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • The end of literary criticism is not fault-finding but truth.

  • For what else is fault-finding, intolerance and uncharitableness, but the deadliest poison?

    'Our guy' Mrs. E. E. Boyd
  • Or whom have you driven from Him, by reproof, fault-finding, and holding yourself aloof?

    'Our guy' Mrs. E. E. Boyd
  • There is little of the acrimonious or the fault-finding note in his pages.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • I do not mention this in a fault-finding spirit; to do so would be unjust.

    The Electric Bath George M. Schweig
  • Make a man more desperate than he is by your nagging and fault-finding.

  • Washington bore all this fault-finding and unfairness with patient courage.

    George Washington Calista McCabe Courtenay
  • And if there was neglect on her part, there was plenty of fault-finding on mine.

    True to his Colours Theodore P. Wilson
  • Far be from us the captious and fault-finding spirit, my dear sir.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
British Dictionary definitions for fault-finding


continual and usually trivial criticism
the systematic investigation of malfunctions in electronic apparatus
given to finding fault
Derived Forms
fault-finder, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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