fault·​find·​ing | \ ˈfȯlt-ˌfīn-diŋ How to pronounce faultfinding (audio) \

Definition of faultfinding

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: disposed to find fault : captiously critical



Definition of faultfinding (Entry 2 of 2)

: petty, nagging, or unreasonable criticism

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Synonyms & Antonyms for faultfinding

Synonyms: Adjective

captious, carping, caviling (or cavilling), critical, hypercritical, judgmental, overcritical, rejective

Antonyms: Adjective


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critical, hypercritical, faultfinding, captious, carping, censorious mean inclined to look for and point out faults and defects. critical may also imply an effort to see a thing clearly and truly in order to judge it fairly. a critical essay hypercritical suggests a tendency to judge by unreasonably strict standards. hypercritical disparagement of other people's work faultfinding implies a querulous or exacting temperament. a faultfinding reviewer captious suggests a readiness to detect trivial faults or raise objections on trivial grounds. a captious critic carping implies an ill-natured or perverse picking of flaws. a carping editorial censorious implies a disposition to be severely critical and condemnatory. the censorious tone of the review

Examples of faultfinding in a Sentence


publishers now have to produce textbooks that pass muster with a slew of faultfinding committees

First Known Use of faultfinding


1622, in the meaning defined above


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of faultfinding was circa 1611

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showing great care, attention, and effort

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