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overcritical

[ oh-ver-krit-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˈkrɪt ɪ kəl /
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adjective
excessively critical; hypercritical.
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Origin of overcritical

First recorded in 1850–55; over- + critical

OTHER WORDS FROM overcritical

o·ver·crit·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·crit·i·cal·ness, noun
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How to use overcritical in a sentence

  • By the same token, you are urged to keep mum more than usual, lest you enter overpromising or overcritical territory.

  • Well, for a man who looks negligee even in evening clothes aren't you overcritical?

    Fanny Herself|Edna Ferber
  • I felt at the time that a man who objects to a few taps on the face with a pickax is overcritical.

    Behind the Beyond|Stephen Leacock
  • There are always plenty of overcritical people besides Miss Pettus to be found everywhere.

    Oldfield|Nancy Huston Banks
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