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hypercritical

[hahy-per-krit-i-kuh l]
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adjective
  1. excessively or meticulously critical; overcritical.
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Origin of hypercritical

First recorded in 1595–1605; hyper- + critical
Related formshy·per·crit·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedhypercritical hypocritical
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Examples from the Web for hypercritical

Historical Examples

  • All this is hypercritical, but hypercriticism must be met with its own weapons.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • "'Tis rude to laugh" is another precept of the hypercritical mother.

  • This is not hypercritical, but is in accordance with the knowledge we have to-day.

  • It were hypercritical to accuse him of a lack of originality.

  • I was cross and ugly and hypercritical and generally nasty, and they passed me up.

    Cutting It out

    Samuel G. Blythe


British Dictionary definitions for hypercritical

hypercritical

adjective
  1. excessively or severely critical; carping; captious
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Derived Formshypercritic, nounhypercritically, adverbhypercriticism, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypercritical

adj.

c.1600, from hyper- + critical.

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