Synonyms of fault
1 responsibilityDictionary • It was all my fault we quarrelled.
responsibility • They have admitted responsibility for the accident.
liability • They admit liability, but dispute the amount of his claim.
guilt • You were never convinced of his guilt, were you?
accountability • an impetus towards democracy and greater accountability
culpability • He added there was clear culpability on the part of the government.
2 mistakeDictionary • It was a genuine fault.
mistake • He says there must have been some mistake.
slip • There must be no slips.
error • NASA discovered a mathematical error in its calculations.
blunder • I think he made a tactical blunder.
lapse • The incident was being seen as a serious security lapse.
negligence • He was responsible for his patients' deaths through gross negligence.
omission • an injury occasioned by any omission of the defendant
boob (British, slang)
oversight • By an unfortunate oversight, full instructions do not come with the product.
slip-up • The girls had made three crucial slip-ups.
indiscretion • rumours of his mother's youthful indiscretions
inaccuracy • Guard against inaccuracies by checking with a variety of sources.
howler (informal) • I felt as if I had made an outrageous howler.
glitch (informal) • Manufacturing glitches have limited the factory's output.
error of judgment
barry or Barry Crocker (Australian, slang)
3 failingDictionary • His manners always made her blind to his faults.
failing • He had invented an imaginary son, in order to make up for his real son's failings.
weakness • His main weakness was his violent temper.
defect • The report pointed out the defects in the present system.
deficiency • the most serious deficiency in their air defence
flaw • The only flaw in his character is a short temper.
drawback • The only drawback was that the apartment was too small.
shortcoming • His book has its shortcomings.
blemish • the one blemish on an otherwise resounding success
imperfection • He concedes that there are imperfections in the socialist system.
Achilles heel • His Achilles heel was that he could not delegate.
infirmity • In spite of his age and infirmity, he is still producing plays.
4 misdeedDictionary • Hypocrisy is one fault of which he cannot be accused.
misdeed • the alleged financial misdeeds of his government
wrong • I intend to right the wrong done to you.
offence • It is a criminal offence to sell goods which are unsafe.
sin • Was it a sin to have believed too much in themselves?
misconduct • He was dismissed from his job for gross misconduct.
wrongdoing • The authorities haven't found any evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
trespass • Forgive us our trespasses.
frailty • She is aware of his faults and frailties.
misdemeanour • She knew nothing about her husband's misdemeanours.
delinquency • He had no history of delinquency.
transgression • tales of the candidate's alleged past transgressions
peccadillo • extra-marital peccadilloes by public figures
criticizeDictionary • You can't fault them for lack of invention.
criticize • His mother had rarely criticized him or any of her children.
blame • I do not blame them for trying to make some money.
condemn • Political leaders united yesterday to condemn the latest wave of violence.
censure • I would not presume to censure him for his views.
hold (someone) responsible
hold (someone) accountable
find fault with
call to account
impugn (formal) • I hope the good name of the company will not be impugned.
hold (someone) to blame
PHRASE:▷ at fault
IDIOMS:▷ find fault with something or someone
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Achilles heelSomeone's Achilles heel is the weakest point in their character or nature, where it is easiest for other people to attack or criticize them.
• His Achilles heel was that he could not delegate.
chink in your armour
chink in your armour
accountabilityIf you are accountable to someone for something that you do, you are responsible for it and must be prepared to justify your actions to that person. (noun)
• an impetus towards democracy and greater accountability
blameIf you say that you do not blame someone for doing something, you mean that you consider it was a reasonable thing to do in the circumstances.
• I do not blame them for trying to make some money.
Thesaurus for fault from the Collins English Thesaurus
an imperfection; failing or defect; flaw
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