[hahy-per-krit-i-kuh l]


excessively or meticulously critical; overcritical.

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

c.1600, from hyper- + critical.

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