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

Word History

First Known Use

1667, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overcritical was in 1667

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“Overcritical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overcritical. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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