noun \ˈflt, in poetry also ˈft\

: a bad quality or part of someone's character : a weakness in character

: a problem or bad part that prevents something from being perfect : a flaw or defect

: responsibility for a problem, mistake, bad situation, etc.

Full Definition of FAULT

obsolete :  lack
a :  weakness, failing; especially :  a moral weakness less serious than a vice
b :  a physical or intellectual imperfection or impairment :  defect
c :  an error especially in service in a net or racket game
a :  misdemeanor
b :  mistake
:  responsibility for wrongdoing or failure <the accident was the driver's fault>
:  a fracture in the crust of a planet (as the earth) or moon accompanied by a displacement of one side of the fracture with respect to the other usually in a direction parallel to the fracture
at fault
:  unable to find the scent and continue chase
:  open to blame :  responsible <you were really at fault>
to a fault
:  to an excessive degree <precise to a fault>

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Origin of FAULT

Middle English faute, falte, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *fallita, from feminine of fallitus, past participle of Latin fallere to deceive, disappoint
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of FAULT

fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit <a writer of many virtues and few faults>. failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character <being late is a failing of mine>. frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation <human frailties>. foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy <an eccentric's charming foibles>. vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others <compulsive gambling was his vice>.

Rhymes with FAULT



: to criticize (something)

: to blame or criticize (someone)

Full Definition of FAULT

intransitive verb
:  to commit a fault :  err
:  to fracture so as to produce a geologic fault
transitive verb
:  to find a fault in <easy to praise this book and to fault it — H. G. Roepke>
:  to produce a geologic fault in
:  blame, censure <can't fault them for not coming>

First Known Use of FAULT

15th century
FAULT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈflt\

Definition of FAULT for Kids

:  a weakness in character :  failing <Forgetfulness is my worst fault.>
:  responsibility for something wrong <Why should he take the blame when it wasn't his fault?>
:  flaw, imperfection <She bought the jacket even though it had a fault.>
:  a crack in the earth's crust along which movement occurs
at fault
:  responsible for something wrong
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