AskDefine | Define faultfinding

Dictionary Definition

faultfinding adj
1 tending to make moral judgments or judgments based on personal opinions; "a counselor tries not to be faultfinding" [syn: faultfinding(a)]
2 tending to find and call attention to faults; "a captious pedant"; "an excessively demanding and faultfinding tutor" [syn: captious] n : persistent petty and unjustified criticism [syn: carping]

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  1. Excessive or petty criticism


  1. Tending to find fault

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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