from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Petty or nagging criticism; carping.
  • adj. Disposed to find fault; critical.

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  • n. Excessive or petty criticism
  • adj. Tending to find fault


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  • It is manifest in so many ways, such as faultfinding, gossiping, backbiting, murmuring, living beyond our means, envying, coveting, withholding gratitude and praise that might lift another, and being unforgiving and jealous. "

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  • Each day, Americans robotically offer up their bodies and prostitute their minds on behalf of faultfinding corporations.

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  • The fruit of legalism is pride, faultfinding, backbiting, malice, arrogance, and by far the worst, an acerbic tongue.

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  • It isn't surprising that Hitchens and Woods, themselves both moral critics suspicious of the merely aesthetic, would join in on the faultfinding once Updike dared to write a whole novel steeped in associations with the events of that day.

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  • I know that these things have opened you to ridicule from the faultfinding liberal media, who allege that you are injecting naked partisan politics into what should be a dispassionate sifting of events by their importance; your critics have been particularly cruel because you have not consulted actual historians and because your ideological leader -- the person most behind these proposed revisionist geopolitical philosophies -- is a dentist.

    Gene Weingarten's memo to the Texas Board of Education

  • The Beauty Key helps you release the judgments and beliefs that keep you stuck in criticism and faultfinding.

    Love For No Reason

  • All my faultfinding son could say to me was, “Pirates of the Caribbean was closed!”

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  • You sometimes have to force yourself to be nitpicking, faultfinding, caviling, hypercritical.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • When looking at it not from a spirit of faultfinding, it is evident that this belief has meant believing Jews have never wanted to take over their host societies.

    Helen Thomas and the Polish homeland of the Jews

  • One other fact, and then I cease my brutal faultfinding.

    Dear Carl


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