critical, hypercritical, faultfinding, captious, carping, censorious mean inclined to look for and point out faults and defects. critical may also imply an effort to see a thing clearly and truly in order to judge it fairly.
a critical essay hypercritical suggests a tendency to judge by unreasonably strict standards.
hypercritical disparagement of other people's workfaultfinding implies a querulous or exacting temperament.
a faultfinding reviewer captious suggests a readiness to detect trivial faults or raise objections on trivial grounds.
a captious critic carping implies an ill-natured or perverse picking of flaws.
a carping editorial censorious implies a disposition to be severely critical and condemnatory.
the censorious tone of the review
Examples of carping in a Sentence
a peevish and carping old woman who is not a favorite at the nursing home
Recent Examples on the WebBut the novel as a whole suggests that Clinton is all too well acquainted with resentment against carping critics and burdensome bureaucracies.
Adam Kirsch, The Atlantic, 16 June 2018
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