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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawlt-fahyn-ding]
    • /ˈfɔltˌfaɪn dɪŋ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fawlt-fahyn-ding]
    • /ˈfɔltˌfaɪn dɪŋ/

Definitions of faultfinding word

  • noun faultfinding the act of pointing out faults, especially faults of a petty nature; carping. 1
  • adjective faultfinding tending to find fault; disposed to complain or object; captious. 1
  • noun faultfinding Excessive or petty criticism. 1
  • noun faultfinding criticism, nitpicking 1
  • adjective faultfinding critical 1
  • noun faultfinding (a) finding fault; calling attention to defects 0

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Origin of faultfinding

First appearance:

before 1620
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1620-30; fault + finding

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Parts of speech for Faultfinding


faultfinding popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 44% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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Synonyms for faultfinding

adj faultfinding

  • carping — tending to make petty complaints; fault-finding
  • captious — apt to make trivial criticisms; fault-finding; carping
  • censorious — If you describe someone as censorious, you do not like the way they strongly disapprove of and criticize someone else's behaviour.
  • niggling — petty; trivial; inconsequential: to quibble about a niggling difference in terminology.
  • querulous — full of complaints; complaining.

noun faultfinding

  • criticism — Criticism is the action of expressing disapproval of something or someone. A criticism is a statement that expresses disapproval.
  • nitpicking — to be excessively concerned with or critical of inconsequential details.
  • grumbling — to murmur or mutter in discontent; complain sullenly.

adjective faultfinding

  • critical — A critical time, factor, or situation is extremely important.
  • reproachful — full of or expressing reproach or censure: a reproachful look.
  • damning — If you describe evidence or a report as damning, you mean that it suggests very strongly that someone is guilty of a crime or has made a serious mistake.
  • nitpicky — Finicky; overly critical; concerned with insignificant details.
  • unfavourable — Unfavourable conditions or circumstances cause problems for you and reduce your chances of success.

Antonyms for faultfinding

adj faultfinding

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

adjective faultfinding

  • uncritical — not inclined or able to judge, especially by the application of comparative standards: an uncritical reader.

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