Definition of Find fault

1. Verb. Harass with constant criticism. "Don't always pick on your little brother"

Exact synonyms: Blame, Pick
Generic synonyms: Criticise, Criticize, Knock, Pick Apart
Derivative terms: Blame, Faultfinder

Definition of Find fault

1. Verb. (intransitive) To criticize excessively ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) (''followed by'' '''with''') To criticize (something) excessively ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Find Fault

finback whale
find fault (current term)
find one's feet
find oneself
find out
find the net
finder's fee
finders keepers

Literary usage of Find fault

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order with Copious Illustrations by George Crabb (1887)
"To find fault WITH signifies here to point out a fault, either in some person or thing ; to BLAME is said only of the person ; OBJECT is applied to the ..."

2. The New Testament of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: Translated Out of by American Bible Society (1859)
"... came together unto JL him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. 1 The Pharisees find fault with the ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"But a critic who should find fault with the poet or the dramatist on these grounds of improbability is no more to be listened to than the mathematician who ..."

4. The Poet at the Breakfast-table: He Talks with His Fellow-boarders and the by Oliver Wendell Holmes (1891)
"... That Boy's indiscretion, we were without a check upon our expansiveness, and ran on in the way you have observed and may be disposed to find fault with. ..."

5. Crabb's English Synonyms by George. Crabb (1917)
"find fault With, Blame, Object To.— All these terms denote not simply feeling, ... To find fault with signifies here to point out a fault, either in some ..."

6. Lives of the Queens of England: from the Norman conquest by Agnes Strickland (1848)
"Tour office is not to find fault with me for doing my duty. I am at this time appointed to serve her majesty by those who are in authority under her, ..."

7. 'Hail and Farewell!' by George Moore (1912)
"You find fault with the cooking.' ' If you come back I swear to you that whatever the cook may send me up ' 'The last time I dined at your house you made ..."

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