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faultfinding

[fawlt-fahyn-ding]
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noun
  1. the act of pointing out faults, especially faults of a petty nature; carping.
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adjective
  1. tending to find fault; disposed to complain or object; captious.
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Origin of faultfinding

First recorded in 1620–30; fault + finding

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2. critical, censorious.
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Examples from the Web for faultfinding

Historical Examples

  • Her husband had long been crippled with rheumatism, and was bitter and faultfinding.

    A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays

    Willa Cather

  • Her first instinct was faultfinding, as against the child for screaming.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

  • It is no time for faultfinding or resentment, said he, gently.

  • After arriving here she has seemed low spirited, cranky and faultfinding.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch

  • It was not long, however, until it seemed there was nothing that escaped his faultfinding.

    Riches of Grace

    E. E. Byrum