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I will not punish your fault so severely as Alcibiades ventured to hope.

He had not intended this; it seemed hardly his fault: his intentions had been good, or at least not bad.

I forgive you, if you are sorry for the fault, and my arms are ready to receive you.

Now I shall be expelled from college and it is all your fault.

His horse, accustomed to a more open country, was continually at fault.

The hunters were roving the open, and even Hal Dozier was at fault.

When such persons wilfully err, how great must be the fault!

It is not my fault, Bella, the opportune gentleman don't come!

I am sure it was not thus my fault you had not, although you treat me thus.

And whatever our views of its cause, we can agree that children at risk are not at fault.

WORD ORIGIN

late 13c., faute, "deficiency," from Old French faute (12c.) "opening, gap; failure, flaw, blemish; lack, deficiency," from Vulgar Latin *fallita "a shortcoming, falling," noun use of fem. past participle, from Latin falsus "deceptive, feigned, spurious," past participle of fallere "deceive, disappoint" (see fail).

The -l- was restored 16c., probably in imitation of Latin, but was not pronounced till 18c. Sense of "physical defect" is from early 14c.; that of "moral culpability" is first recorded late 14c. Geological sense is from 1796. The use in tennis (c.1600) is closer to the etymological sense.

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