faultfinding

[fawlt-fahyn-ding]
noun
1.
the act of pointing out faults, especially faults of a petty nature; carping.
adjective
2.
tending to find fault; disposed to complain or object; captious.

Origin:
1620–30; fault + finding


2. critical, censorious.
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faultfinding

adjective
1. tending to make moral judgments or judgments based on personal opinions; "a counselor tries not to be faultfinding" 
2. tending to find and call attention to faults; "a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor" [syn: captious

noun
1. persistent petty and unjustified criticism 
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Example sentences
Considering alcoholism a disease, efforts at faultfinding are counterproductive.
Accident investigation is a fact-finding, not faultfinding, process.
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