hypercritical

adjective hy·per·crit·i·cal \ ˌhī-pər-ˈkri-ti-kəl \

Definition of hypercritical

: meticulously or excessively critical

hypercritically

play \ˌhī-pər-ˈkri-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of hypercritical in a Sentence

  1. if you go by what that hypercritical reviewer says, you are going to end up seeing very few movies

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First Known Use of hypercritical

1605

Synonym Discussion of hypercritical

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 work
faultfinding 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

HYPERCRITICAL Defined for English Language Learners

hypercritical

adjective

Definition of hypercritical for English Language Learners

  • : criticizing other people or things too strongly or too often



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