Definition of hypercritical
: meticulously or excessively critical
hypercriticallyplay \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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>
Did You Know?
The important prefix hyper- means "excessive" or "beyond", so hypercritical means basically "too fussy". In TV and film comedies, the mother-in-law is just about always hypercritical, since the person her child married is never good enough for her. But other parents, spouses, and even children can be just as bad, so we should all be careful. If your father asks what you think of his new experimental meatloaf and you say it needs a pinch of oregano, you're being constructive; if you say he should cut down on the sawdust next time, you're probably being hypercritical.
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HYPERCRITICAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hypercritical for English Language Learners
: criticizing other people or things too strongly or too often
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