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1 given to making or expressing unfavorable judgments about things

  • adults tend to be critical of teenagersʼ taste in music and movies
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2 needing immediate attention

  • this problem isnʼt critical, so we can go home now and tend to it in the morning
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3 of the greatest possible importance

  • this is the critical exam that will largely determine your college career
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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

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