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  1. the act of pointing out faults, especially faults of a petty nature; carping.

  1. tending to find fault; disposed to complain or object; captious.

Origin of faultfinding

First recorded in 1620–30; fault + finding

Other words for faultfinding

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How to use faultfinding in a sentence

  • De Robeck agrees that we don't know enough yet to warrant us in fault-finding or intervention.

  • In a clean, well-kept room there will be less fault-finding, scolding and gloom than in a neglected one.

  • The poor lad had no desire to spend another winter with this cross, fault-finding dame.

    The Green Forest Fairy Book | Loretta Ellen Brady
  • He was suspicious and fault-finding with Scipio and the other servants, though they were never so busy for his wants.

    Richard Carvel, Complete | Winston Churchill
  • This science teaches us to avoid fault-finding, bothering, boring, and other tormenting habits.

British Dictionary definitions for fault-finding


  1. continual and usually trivial criticism

  2. the systematic investigation of malfunctions in electronic apparatus

  1. given to finding fault

Derived forms of fault-finding

  • fault-finder, noun

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