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

Synonyms for faultfinding

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Examples from the Web for fault-finding

Historical Examples of fault-finding

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for fault-finding



continual and usually trivial criticism
the systematic investigation of malfunctions in electronic apparatus


given to finding fault
Derived Formsfault-finder, noun
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