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 hypercritically (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

Examples of hypercritical in a Sentence

if you go by what that hypercritical reviewer says, you are going to end up seeing very few movies
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Hutton: The last word on my mother, who won’t be reading my columns anymore," 11 Sep. 2020 But given quarantine, getting kids outdoors is hypercritical this summer. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Cozy Campfires. Capture the Flag. Coronavirus Tests?," 24 Apr. 2020 This is not about being hypercritical of their lifestyle. Washington Post, "Stop doling out money to your adult children. It doesn’t really help.," 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, "3 takeaways from Illinois’ 40-17 loss to Minnesota, including the run defense getting flattened yet again," 5 Oct. 2019 But trying to be a complex woman in the hypercritical world of Hollywood can be difficult. Gavin Harwin, Teen Vogue, "Debby Ryan on "Insatiable," Mental Health, and the Pressure of Hollywood," 18 Aug. 2018 Sean Spicer flamed out as the White House press secretary in record time with a series of attacks on the media that failed to satisfy his hypercritical boss. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Rudy Giuliani Is Managing His Client via Fox News," 21 May 2018 Karen is hypercritical of the school’s teachers, the curriculum, the kids and the other parents, either because they’re absent or overly involved. Mary Kay Zuravleff, The Denver Post, "“Class” book review: A satire on liberal values, public schools," 13 Jan. 2017

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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 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hypercritical

: criticizing other people or things too strongly or too often

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