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  1. [noun] responsibility for a bad situation or event; "it was John's fault"

  2. [noun] (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other; "they built it right over a geological fault"
    Synonyms: geological shift, fracture, break

  3. [noun] the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection; "they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel"; "he knew his own faults much better than she did"
    Synonyms: demerit

  4. [noun] a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
    Synonyms: mistake, error

  5. [noun] an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
    Synonyms: defect, flaw

  6. [noun] (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area); "he served too many double faults"

  7. [noun] (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.); "it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it"

  8. [verb] put or pin the blame on
    Synonyms: blame


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