- 1responsibility for a mistake or wrongdoing
- 2a defect or imperfection in something which detracts from its quality or value
- 3a break or crack in the earth's crust
Using fault: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fault" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
It's my fault that we missed the train.
The fault in the design caused the machine to malfunction.
The earthquake was caused by a fault in the earth's crust.
I can't find any fault with his argument.
fault Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using fault
She is generous to a fault, often giving away more than she can afford.
He is a great employee, but he has a fault for being late to work.
to look for and criticize flaws or imperfections in someone or something
She always finds fault in her coworkers' work, even when it's done well.
Phrases with fault
The driver was found to be at fault for the accident.
She always finds fault with everything I do.
He was willing to take the fault for the team's loss.
Origins of fault
from Old English 'fylhtan', meaning 'to offend'
Summary: fault in Brief
The term 'fault' [fɔːlt] refers to responsibility for a mistake or wrongdoing, as in 'It's my fault that we missed the train.' It also denotes a defect or imperfection in something, such as 'The fault in the design caused the machine to malfunction.' Additionally, 'fault' can refer to a break or crack in the earth's crust. Common phrases include 'at fault,' 'find fault with,' and 'take the fault.' Idioms include 'to a fault,' 'have a fault,' and 'find fault in (someone or something).'