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fault

verb

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  1. to express one's unfavorable opinion of the worth or quality of you should look at your own work before faulting what others have done Synonyms blame, censure, condemn, denounce, dis (also diss) [slang], dispraise, criticize, knock, pan, reprehend, slag [chiefly British]Related Words skewer, tweak; assail, attack, blast, clobber, slam, slash; nick (at), snipe (at); beef, bellyache, bitch, carp, cavil, complain, crab, croak, fuss, gripe, grouse, growl, grumble, kick, kvetch, moan, murmur, mutter, niggle, quibble, whine; admonish, chide, drub, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, reprove; berate, castigate, crucify, excoriate, flay, gibbet, hammer, keelhaul, lambaste (or lambast), lash, pillory, scold, upbraid; bad-mouth, belittle, decry, deride, discommend, disparage, put downNear Antonyms approve, commend, endorse (also indorse), recommend, sanctionAntonyms extol (also extoll), laud, praise


fault

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of fault

  1. 1 a defect in character the common fault of being quick to judge others Synonyms demerit, dereliction, failing, foible, frailty, shortcoming, sin, vice, want, weakness Related Words blot, spot, stain; blemish, deficiency, flaw, imperfection, minus, nit; Achilles' heel, soft spot; corruption, depravity, evil, immorality, sinfulness, wickedness Phrases feet of clay Near Antonyms excellence, perfection; goodness, integrity, morality, probity, rectitude, righteousness Antonyms merit, virtue

  2. 2 an unintentional departure from truth or accuracy there's a fault somewhere in the program Synonyms blunder, bobble, boob [British], boo-boo, brick, clanger [British], clinker, error, flub, fluff, fumble, gaff, gaffe, goof, inaccuracy, lapse, miscue, misstep, mistake, oversight, screwup, slip, slipup, stumble, tripRelated Words bloomer, blooper, boner, howler, pratfall; foul-up, snafu; misapprehension, miscalculation, miscomprehension, misconception, misconstruction, miscue, misdescription, misimpression, misinterpretation, misjudgment, misreading, misstatement, misunderstandingNear Antonyms accuracy, correctness, exactitude, exactness, preciseness, precision, strictness; inerrancy, infallibility, perfection

  3. 3 responsibility for wrongdoing or failure getting the time of the performance wrong was entirely my fault Synonyms culpability, blame, guilt, onus, rapRelated Words blameworthiness, complicity, guiltiness, sinfulness; accusation, censure, condemnation, denunciation, finger-pointing, reproach; regret, remorse, self-reproach, shameAntonyms blamelessness, faultlessness, guiltlessness, innocence

  4. 4 something that spoils the appearance or completeness of a thing the minor faults in the leather are entirely natural and are what gives it a look different from vinyl Synonyms blight, blotch, defect, deformity, disfigurement, excrescence, excrescency, blemish, flaw, imperfection, mar, mark, pockmark, scarRelated Words abnormality, distortion, irregularity, malformation, misshape; bug, glitch, kink; blot, blur, spot, stain, taint; damage, defacement, impairment, injury; failing, weaknessNear Antonyms adornment, decoration, embellishment, enhancement, ornament

  5. 5 the state of being held as the cause of something that needs to be set right the auto accident was entirely the other driver's fault Synonyms blame, responsibility, liabilityRelated Words accountability, answerability


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