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  • guilty, responsible, deserving blame

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. unable to find the scent and continue chase; hence, in trouble or embarrassment, and unable to proceed; puzzled; thrown off the track.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deserving blame


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  • Mr. Gilchrist was an accomplished and warm-hearted man, and it was by his desire that Hilton, the Royal Academical, painted Clare's portrait for exhibition in London, but he presumed too much upon his social superiority, and his judgment was at fault in supposing that the poet was all meekness and diffidence.

    Life and Remains of John Clare

  • Early education is sometimes greatly at fault in its inculcations, and this was, in Moore's case, peculiarly so.

    The Memories of Fifty Years

  • On the other hand, it is no less incredible that philosophers like Aristotle, St. Thomas, and the Schoolman, should have "been at fault in their interpretation of an elementary truth of common sense".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 11: New Mexico-Philip

  • "Waul, I don't," said Mr. Skillcorn, with the air of a person who was at fault on no other point; "the big trees gives more than the little ones –"


  • It may be that I am myself at fault for not following up the hint which you conveyed to me through my friend, Dr. Watson; but, at that time I had every reason to believe that you were directly concerned in the crime.


  • The German intelligence service had been fairly accurate about conditions in Russian-occupied Poland, but badly at fault about those beyond the original Russian frontier.


  • He was convinced, along with Gouverneur Morris, along with Hamilton and the other Nationalists, that Congress was as much at fault as Rhode Island in allowing a single cantankerous state—“Perverse Sister,” Madison called her—to threaten the progress, safety, and possible existence of the larger nation.

    Robert Morris

  • The basic operations order was not canceled, the restrictions were not lifted, and the High Seas Fleet commander continued to be bound by regulations that put him at fault no matter whether he risked or husbanded his ships.

    Castles of Steel

  • The birds that the two girls had brought in were duly returned to the yard, and the process was repeated till all the pet cocks and hens had been submitted to the old woman -- Hamburghs, Bantams, Cochins, Brahmas, Dorkings, and such other sorts as were in fashion just then -- her perception of each visitor being seldom at fault as she received the bird upon her knees.

    Tess of the d'Urbervilles

  • Listed below are representative examples of jury awards from south-Florida courts when vehicles owned by a company were at fault in a personal injury accident.



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