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[hahy-per-krit-i-kuh l]
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  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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Related Words

carping, censorious, critical, demanding, faultfinding, finicky, fussy, niggling, persnickety, overcritical, hair-splitting, nit-picking

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


  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


c.1600, from hyper- + critical.

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