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fault

In legal medicine, failing to meet an obligation; a legal responsibility for a failed outcome.
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So, I say, I plied my brains in vain for that becoming fault.
The idea of your finding fault with Gertrude, and then going and being twice as bad yourself
It was his own fault that she was discussing him with his mother; he had wanted her support in his third attempt to win Lucy; he wanted to feel that others, no matter who they were, agreed with him, and so he had asked their permission.
Then why should you shackle poor Gurth, uncle, for the fault of his dog Fangs?
His fault was more thoughtless than wicked, but that did not alter the fact that he had committed a fault.
The fault was all mine, and so I hoped to die for it this morning.
Momus, however, being very envious of the handicraft of each, found fault with all.
Tilda's friends are low people, and if she don't know any better, it's their fault, and not hers.
Is it my fault that I have lost my influence with him, or that he has forfeited every claim to my regard?
I could simply scratch that woman's eyes out, and to say it's my fault is most unfair.
And again every detail of his quarrel with his wife was present to his imagination, all the hopelessness of his position, and worst of all, his own fault.
But I know they'll none of 'em take my chany," she added, turning toward the cups and saucers, "for they all found fault with 'em when I bought 'em, 'cause o' the small gold sprig all over 'em, between the flowers.