hy·​per·​crit·​i·​cal | \ ˌhī-pər-ˈkri-ti-kəl How to pronounce hypercritical (audio) \

Definition of hypercritical

: meticulously or excessively critical

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hypercritically \ ˌhī-​pər-​ˈkri-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hypercritical (audio) \ adverb

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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

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if you go by what that hypercritical reviewer says, you are going to end up seeing very few movies
Recent Examples on the Web Even if the courts agree to give Spears her freedom, what about the prying media and the hypercritical public? Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2021 Portraying one of the greatest singers of all time on screen is no easy feat, particularly in the hypercritical age of social media. Brande Victorian, Essence, 12 Aug. 2021 Stop exposing your children and your pets to your abusive, hypercritical father’s rants, and if your mother notices and asks why, be honest with her. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 14 June 2021 On today’s edition of Good Morning Britain, Piers Morgan stormed off the set after his co-host, Alex Beresford, addressed his hypercritical remarks of Meghan Markle as of late. Mia Davis, Essence, 9 Mar. 2021 My mother would keep score, and my uncles — who were hypercritical of whatever the Sox were doing — would do a running play-by-play. Mike Hutton, chicagotribune.com, 11 Sep. 2020 But given quarantine, getting kids outdoors is hypercritical this summer. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 24 Apr. 2020 This is not about being hypercritical of their lifestyle. Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2019 The team put on a brave face afterward, but even without judging off the hypercritical world of social media, Saturday was a day of dejection for the Illini. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hypercritical

1605, in the meaning defined above

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“Hypercritical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypercritical. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hypercritical

: criticizing other people or things too strongly or too often

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