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English noun: fault

1. fault (act) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

SamplesHe made a bad mistake.
She was quick to point out my errors.
I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults.

Synonymserror, mistake

Broader (hypernym)nonaccomplishment, nonachievement

Narrower (hyponym)balls-up, ballup, betise, bloomer, blooper, blot, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, cockup, confusion, distortion, flub, folly, foolishness, foul-up, fuckup, imbecility, incursion, lapse, mess-up, miscalculation, miscue, misestimation, misreckoning, mix-up, offside, omission, oversight, parapraxis, pratfall, renege, revoke, skip, slip, slip-up, smear, smirch, spot, stain, stupidity

2. fault (state) an imperfection in an object or machine

SamplesA flaw caused the crystal to shatter.
If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer.

Synonymsdefect, flaw

Broader (hypernym)imperfection, imperfectness

Narrower (hyponym)blister, bug, glitch, hole

3. fault (attribute) the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection

SamplesThey discussed the merits and demerits of her novel.
He knew his own faults much better than she did.


Broader (hypernym)worth

Antonymsmerit, virtue

4. fault (object) (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

SamplesThey built it right over a geological fault.
He studied the faulting of the earth's crust.

Synonymsbreak, faulting, fracture, geological fault, shift

Broader (hypernym)cleft, crack, crevice, fissure, scissure

Narrower (hyponym)inclined fault, strike-slip fault

Instance hyponymDenali Fault, San Andreas Fault

Part holonymfault line

Domain categorygeology

5. fault (event) (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)

SamplesIt took much longer to find the fault than to fix it.

Broader (hypernym)breakdown, equipment failure

Domain categoryelectronics

6. fault (attribute) responsibility for a bad situation or event

SamplesIt was John's fault.

Broader (hypernym)responsibility, responsibleness

7. fault (act) (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)

SamplesHe served too many double faults.

Broader (hypernym)serve, service

Narrower (hyponym)double fault, footfault

Domain categorybadminton, lawn tennis, squash, squash rackets, squash racquets, tennis

English verb: fault

1. fault (communication) put or pin the blame on


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)accuse, charge

Antonymsabsolve, justify, free

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