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carping

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

given to making or expressing unfavorable judgments about things
  • a peevish and carping old woman who is not a favorite at the nursing home

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carping

verb
present participle of carp

Synonyms & Antonyms of carping (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to express dissatisfaction, pain, or resentment usually tiresomely
  • someone who carps and whines about everything is a pain

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2 to make often peevish criticisms or objections about matters that are minor, unimportant, or irrelevant
  • carped about the order of names on the wedding invitations

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How does the adjective carping contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of carping are captious, censorious, critical, faultfinding, and hypercritical. While all these words mean "inclined to look for and point out faults and defects," carping implies an ill-natured or perverse picking of flaws.

a carping editorial

When could captious be used to replace carping?

The words captious and carping are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, captious suggests a readiness to detect trivial faults or raise objections on trivial grounds.

a captious critic

When might censorious be a better fit than carping?

While the synonyms censorious and carping are close in meaning, censorious implies a disposition to be severely critical and condemnatory.

the censorious tone of the review

When would critical be a good substitute for carping?

While in some cases nearly identical to carping, critical may also imply an effort to see a thing clearly and truly in order to judge it fairly.

a critical essay

When is it sensible to use faultfinding instead of carping?

In some situations, the words faultfinding and carping are roughly equivalent. However, faultfinding implies a querulous or exacting temperament.

a faultfinding reviewer

When can hypercritical be used instead of carping?

The meanings of hypercritical and carping largely overlap; however, hypercritical suggests a tendency to judge by unreasonably strict standards.

hypercritical disparagement of other people's work

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The first known use of carping was in 1567

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“Carping.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/carping. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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