F f


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fawlt]
    • /fɔlt/
    • /fɔːlt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawlt]
    • /fɔlt/

Definitions of fault word

  • noun fault a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing: a fault in the brakes; a fault in one's character. 1
  • noun fault responsibility for failure or a wrongful act: It is my fault that we have not finished. 1
  • noun fault an error or mistake: a fault in addition. 1
  • noun fault a misdeed or transgression: to confess one's faults. 1
  • noun fault Sports. a ball that when served does not land in the proper section of an opponent's court. a failure to serve the ball according to the rules, as from within a certain area. 1
  • noun fault Geology, Mining. a break in the continuity of a body of rock or of a vein, with dislocation along the plane of the fracture (fault plane) 1

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Origin of fault

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English faute < Anglo-French, Middle French < Vulgar Latin *fallita, noun use of feminine of *fallitus, for Latin falsus, past participle of fallere to be wrong

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Parts of speech for Fault


fault popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 97% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

fault usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fault

noun fault

  • omission — the act of omitting.
  • negligence — the quality, fact, or result of being negligent; neglect: negligence in discharging one's responsibilities.
  • defect — A defect is a fault or imperfection in a person or thing.
  • misconduct — improper conduct; wrong behavior.
  • offense — a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.

verb fault

  • criticise — criticize
  • criticize — If you criticize someone or something, you express your disapproval of them by saying what you think is wrong with them.
  • question — a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
  • censure — If you censure someone for something that they have done, you tell them that you strongly disapprove of it.
  • condemn — If you condemn something, you say that it is very bad and unacceptable.

Antonyms for fault

noun fault

  • advantage — An advantage is something that puts you in a better position than other people.
  • perfection — the state or quality of being or becoming perfect.
  • behavior — People's or animals' behavior is the way that they behave. You can refer to a typical and repeated way of behaving as a behavior.
  • obedience — the state or quality of being obedient.
  • success — the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one's goals.

verb fault

  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.

Top questions with fault

  • what is a fault?
  • where is the san andreas fault?
  • who wrote the fault in our stars?
  • what is the san andreas fault?
  • what is a fault line?
  • what is no fault insurance?
  • who dies in the fault in our stars?
  • what does to a fault mean?
  • how do fault block mountains form?
  • what does the fault in our stars mean?
  • what does a no fault state mean?
  • what type of fault usually occurs because of tension?
  • whose fault is it?
  • when will the san andreas fault happen?
  • who plays hazel in the fault in our stars?

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