plural Zoiluses
also Zoili
: a bitter and usually enviously carping critic : one given to unjust quibbling and faultfinding : belittler, caviler compare aristarch, momus

Word History


after, Zoilus 4th century b.c. Greek rhetorician and critic who was notable for the severity of his criticisms of Homer's poems

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“Zoilus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Zoilus. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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