overcritical

adjective
over·​crit·​i·​cal | \ ˌō-vər-ˈkri-ti-kəl How to pronounce overcritical (audio) \

Definition of overcritical

: excessively critical (see critical sense 2a) : very inclined to point out faults and imperfections Perfectionists tend to be largely overcritical of any misstatement, misspelling or flaw and see it as vitally important to correct people when they make a mistake.— Paula Davis-Laack

First Known Use of overcritical

1667, in the meaning defined above

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“Overcritical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcritical. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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