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[fawlt-fahyn-ding] /ˈfɔltˌfaɪn dɪŋ/
the act of pointing out faults, especially faults of a petty nature; carping.
tending to find fault; disposed to complain or object; captious.
Origin of faultfinding
1620-30; fault + finding
2. critical, censorious. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If all would at all times wear the native dress there would be no occasion for fault-finding.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • It will be easy to discourage by quarrels, jealousy and fault-finding.

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • Bridge players appear to me to be far too engrossed in bickering and fault-finding to worry about immorality and laxity.

  • For what else is fault-finding, intolerance and uncharitableness, but the deadliest poison?

    'Our guy' Mrs. E. E. Boyd
  • The mountain clefts have no unkind words, no fault-finding, no ridicule, no rash judgments for the sons of men.

  • Or whom have you driven from Him, by reproof, fault-finding, and holding yourself aloof?

    'Our guy' Mrs. E. E. Boyd
  • He was a fault-finding fellow, and went about jeering at most men.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • I do not mention this in a fault-finding spirit; to do so would be unjust.

    The Electric Bath George M. Schweig
  • They had stuck too close to the house, and there was a "jumpiness" and fault-finding spirit seldom manifested by the four chums.

  • Make a man more desperate than he is by your nagging and fault-finding.

British Dictionary definitions for fault-finding


continual and usually trivial criticism
the systematic investigation of malfunctions in electronic apparatus
given to finding fault
Derived Forms
fault-finder, noun
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