An example of fault is for a child to blame a broken vase on his brother.
An example of fault is to tell a lie.
An example of fault is the San Andreas fault line in California.
Faulted the author for poor research; faulted the book for inaccuracies.
An example of fault is having a problem telling the truth.
- A misdeed; offense.
- An error; mistake.
It's her fault that they are late.
- Deserving of blame; guilty:Admitted to being at fault.
- Confused and puzzled.
- To seek, find, and complain about faults; criticize:Found fault with his speech.
- To an excessive degree:Generous to a fault.
- unable to find the scent
- not knowing what to do; perplexed
- guilty of error; deserving blame
- to seek and point out faults (of); complain (about); criticize
- too much; excessively
Origin of fault
- Middle English faulte from Old French from Vulgar Latin fallita from variant of Latin falsa feminine past participle of fallere to deceive, fail
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English faute, faulte, from Anglo-Norman and Old French faute, from Vulgar Latin *fallita (“shortcoming”), from Latin falsus, perfect passive participle of fallō (“deceive”). Displaced native Middle English schuld, schuild (“fault”) (from Old English scyld (“fault”)), Middle English lac (“fault, lack”) (from Middle Dutch lak (“lack, fault”)), Middle English last (“fault, vice”) (from Old Norse lǫstr, löstr (“fault, vice, crime”)).