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Definition of "fault" []

  • A character weakness, especially a minor one. (noun)
  • Something that impairs or detracts from physical perfection; a defect. See Synonyms at blemish. (noun)
  • A mistake; an error. (noun)
  • A minor offense or misdeed. (noun)
  • Responsibility for a mistake or an offense; culpability. See Synonyms at blame. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "fault" in a sentence
  • "Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, _through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault_. '"
  • "She has by turns every fault under the sun, -- I say _fault_ only; will struggle with one for a day, and succumb to it for a month; while the smallest amount of praise is sufficient to render her incapable of deserving a word of commendation for a week."
  • "A fault done nrft ia the form of a beaft, — O Jove, a beaftly fault; and then another fault in the femblance of a fowl: - — think on't, Jove, a foul fault# When gods have hot backs, what (hall poor men do? for me, I am here a Windfor ftag, and the fatteft, I think, i 'th' fbreft."