Meaning of FAULT in English

I. ˈfȯlt, in poetry also ˈfȯt noun

Etymology: Middle English faute, falte, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin * fallita, from feminine of fallitus, past participle of Latin fallere to deceive, disappoint

Date: 13th century

1. 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

4. : responsibility for wrongdoing or failure

the accident was the driver's fault

5. : 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

- to a 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


fault 5: 1 fault with displaced strata a, b, c, d, e; 2 scarp


II. verb

Date: 15th century

intransitive verb

1. : to commit a fault : err

2. : to fracture so as to produce a geologic fault

transitive verb

1. : to find a fault in

easy to praise this book and to fault it — H. G. Roepke

2. : to produce a geologic fault in

3. : blame , censure

can't fault them for not coming

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