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Without being guilty of a fault.


Freedom from faults or defects.


  1. Containing faults, blemishes or defects; defective; imperfect; as, a faulty composition or book; a faulty plan or design; a faulty picture.
  2. Guilty of a fault or of faults: hence, blamable; worthy of censure. The king doth speak this thing as one who is faulty. 2 Sam. xiv.
  3. Wrong; erroneous; as, a faulty polity. Hooker.
  4. Defective; imperfect; bad; as, a faulty helmet. Bacon.

FAUN, n. [L. faunus.]

Among the Romans, a kind of demigod, or rural deity, called also sylvan, and differing little from satyr. The fauns are represented as half goat and half man. Encyc.

FAU'NA, n.

The zoology of a particular country. Mantell.


One who attends to rural disquisitions; a naturalist. White.


A large eel. Chapman.


A small mount of earth thrown up about a rampart.

FAU'TOR, n. [L. See Favor.]

A favorer; a patron; one who gives countenance or support. [Little used.] B. Jonson.


A female favorer; a patroness. Chapman.

FAUX-PAS, n. [fo paw; Fr.]

A false step; a mistake or wrong measure.

FA-VIL'LOUS, a. [L. favilla, ashes.]

  1. Consisting of or pertaining to ashes. Brown.
  2. Resembling ashes.

FA'VOR, n. [L. favor; Fr. faveur; Arm. faver; Sp. favor; It. favore; from L. faveo; Ir. fabhar, favor; fabhraim, to favor.]

  1. Kind regard; kindness; countenance; propitious aspect; friendly disposition. His dreadful navy, and his lovely mind, / Gave him the fear and favor of mankind. Waller. The king's favor is as dew on the grass. Prov. xix. God gave Joseph favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh. Acts vii. Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain. Prov. xxxi.
  2. Support; defense; vindication; or disposition to aid, befriend, support, promote or justify. To be in favor of a measure, is to have a disposition or inclination to support it or carry it into effect. To be in favor of a party, is to be disposed or inclined to support it, to justify its proceedings, and to promote its interests.
  3. A kind act or office; kindness done or granted; benevolence shown by word or deed; any act of grace or good will, as distinguished from acts of justice or remuneration. To pardon the guilty is a favor; to punish them is an act of justice.
  4. Lenity; mildness or mitigation of punishment. I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence. Swift.
  5. Leave; good will; a yielding or concession to another; pardon. But, with your favor, I will treat it here. Dryden.
  6. The object of kind regard; the person or thing favored. All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man / His chief delight and favor. Milton.
  7. A gift or present; something bestowed as an evidence of good will; a token of love; a knot of ribins; something worn as a token of affection. Boron. Spectator. Shak.
  8. A feature; countenance. [Not used.] Shak.
  9. Advantage; convenience afforded for success. The enemy approached under favor of the night.
  10. Partiality; bias. A challenge to the favor, in law, is the challenge of a juror on account of some supposed partiality, by reason of favor or malice, interest or connection.

FA'VOR, v.t.

  1. To regard with kindness; to support; to aid or have the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be propitious to; to countenance; to befriend; encourage. To favor the cause of a party, may be merely to wish success to it, or it may signify to give it aid, by counsel, or by active exertions. Sometimes men professedly favor one party and secretly favor another. The lords favor thee not. 1 Sam. xxix. Thou shalt arise, and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favor her, yea, the set time is come. Ps. cii. O happy youth! and favored of the skies. Pope.
  2. To afford advantages for success; to facilitate. A weak place in the fort favored the entrance of the enemy; the darkness of the night favored his approach. A fair wind favors a voyage.
  3. To resemble in features. The child favors his father.
  4. To ease; to spare. A man in walking favors a lame leg.

FA'VOR-A-BLE, a. [L. favorabilis; Fr. favorable; Sp. id.; It. favorabile, or favorevole.]

  1. Kind; propitious; friendly; affectionate. Lend favorable ear to our request. Shak. Lord, thou hast been favorable to thy land. Ps. lxxxv.
  2. Palliative; tender; averse to censure. None can have the favorable thought / That to obey a tyrant's will they fought. Dryden.
  3. Conducive to; contributing to; tending to promote. A salubrious climate and plenty of food are favorable to population.
  4. Convenient; advantageous; .affording means to facilitate, or affording facilities. The low price of labor and provisions is favorable to the success of manufactures. The army was drawn up on favorable ground. The ship took a station favorable for attack. The place was favorable for making levies of men. Clarendon.
  5. Beautiful; well favored. [Obs.] Spenser.


  1. Kindness; kind disposition or regard.
  2. Convenience; suitableness; that state which affords advantages for success; conduciveness; as, the favorableness of a season for crops; the favorableness of the times for the cultivation of the sciences.

FA'VOR-A-BLY, adv.

Kindly; with friendly disposition; with regard or affection; with an inclination to favor; as, to judge or think favorably of a measure; to think favorably of those we love.

FA'VOR-ED, pp.

  1. Countenanced; supported; aided; supplied with advantages; eased; spared.
  2. adj. Regarded with kindness; as, a favored friend.
  3. With well or ill prefixed, featured. Well-favored, well-looking, having a good countenance or appearance, fleshy, plump, handsome. Ill-favored, is ill-looking, having an ugly appearance, lean. See Gen. xxxix, xli, &c. Well-favoredly, with a good appearance. [Little used.] Ill-favoredly, with a bad appearance. [Little used.]


Appearance. Deut.


One who favors; one who regards with kindness or friendship; a well wisher; one who assists or promotes success or prosperity. Hooker. Shak


A female who favors or gives countenance.

FA'VOR-ING, ppr.

Regarding with friendly dispositions; countenancing; wishing well to; contributing to success; facilitating.


By favoring.


Regarded with particular kindness, affection, esteem, or preference; as, a favorite walk; a favorite author; a favorite child.

FA'VOR-ITE, n. [Fr. favori, favorite; It. favorito.]

A person or thing regarded with peculiar favor, preference and affection; one greatly beloved. Select favorites from among the discrete and virtuous. Princes are often misled, and sometimes ruined by favorites. Gaveston and the Spensers, the favorites of Edward II, fell a sacrifice to public indignation.