I am searching for a single word that has a definition similar to the phrase 'their own fault'.

I am unaware of a single word bearing this definition, possibly culpable or blameworthy but believe there may be alternatives.

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  • If you switch the point of view slightly, you could use negligent. Dec 13, 2016 at 5:14

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You could go for self-inflicted:

caused by one's own actions

  • a self-inflicted wound
  • His problems are mainly self-inflicted.
  • This is probably as close as anyone is going to get. +1
    – BoldBen
    Dec 12, 2016 at 12:03

I suggest onus:

Responsibility for an error or fault; blame: Each side wants to avoid the onus of having started the disagreement.

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