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[hahy-per-krit-uh-siz-uh m] /ˌhaɪ pərˈkrɪt əˌsɪz əm/
criticism that is carping or unduly harsh.
Origin of hypercriticism
1670-80; hyper- + criticism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But to lay overmuch stress on such shortcomings as these would surely savour of hypercriticism.

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

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The most tiresome vaingloriousness may be more hopeful than hypercriticism and spleen.

  • This is not hypercriticism; you have had training enough to know that.

  • There may be differences of opinion and sentiment, but no acerbity, no hypercriticism, and no exclusiveness.

    The Abominations of Modern Society Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
  • So much for hypercriticism, which has run away with all my paper.

  • She's very young, but she's already devoured with hypercriticism.

    Paradise Garden George Gibbs
  • This canon of criticism might have been secure from the malignity of hypercriticism.

    Amenities of Literature Isaac Disraeli
  • Those who are curious about such works of hypercriticism would do well to study his Theognis Restitutus.

  • Alfred pulled a face as of one that drinketh verjuice unawares; but let it pass: hypercriticism was not his cue just then.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade

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