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I would rather have you find fault with me like a friend than approve me like a dilettante.

If my mother had not me to find fault with, she must find fault with somebody else.

The most venomous tongue could not find fault in my conduct.

Had there been, however, I was far too hungry to find fault with it.

He had just been fretted sufficiently to find fault with her dress.

Yet his patches were all Ellen—so far—had seen in Jolly to find fault with.

None could find fault with their thews and sinews, and as for their spirit, it is for us to see it does not fail.

I do not think Raoul will find fault with her on that score.

Sometimes they find fault with every single thing one wants to do.

Then if you suppose that he does, how can you have the imprudence to find fault with her before him?

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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