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[hahy-per-krit-i-kuh l] /ˌhaɪ pərˈkrɪt ɪ kəl/
excessively or meticulously critical; overcritical.
Origin of hypercritical
1595-1605; hyper- + critical
Related forms
hypercritically, adverb
Can be confused
hypercritical, hypocritical. Unabridged
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  • He is as hyperbolic as he is hyperactive as he is hypercritical.
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  • Hence, one should not be hypercritical when witnessing audible films.
  • She exemplifies the art of being adolescently hypercritical.
  • There is the initial stage of hypercritical wariness.
  • We venture, too, to record a perhaps hypercritical objection to the blinding sky in this particular collocation.
British Dictionary definitions for hypercritical


excessively or severely critical; carping; captious
Derived Forms
hypercritic, noun
hypercritically, adverb
hypercriticism, noun
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Word Origin and History for hypercritical

c.1600, from hyper- + critical.

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