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(ˌhaɪ pərˈkrɪt ɪk)

a person who is excessively or captiously critical.
[1625–35; < New Latin hypercriticus. See hyper-, critic]
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A person who finds fault, often severely and willfully:
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Wolf, the great German classicist (1759-1852) who proposed that the Iliad and the Odyssey were a collection of ballads composed by a Homeric group on the island of Chios which were edited later on into a so-called unity, gets chastised in "Wolf and the Casket, or the Unity of the Iliad" (CLVI) for "hypercritic zeal." A "plural Homer cannot be!," just as the Book of Genesis cannot be a collection of textual bits cobbled together by editors.
(2: 8, 122) In no uncertain terms, Tristram admits that any hypercritic who "is resolved after all to take a pendulum, and measure the true distance betwixt the ringing of the bell and the rap at the door" will find the elapsed time to be but two minutes, thirteen seconds, and three-fifths.
But I believe this writer stands alone in denying to this paper every essential quality of style which should be regarded in drawing up the solemn judgment of a court of justice: and I cannot avoid observing that this hypercritic censures the tediousness of an opinion of eleven columns, whilst he fills more than twenty-six in discussing the same question; that he arraigns the offence of tautology in a series of numbers containing more repetitions than I can readily enumerate; and that this lucid order leaves the reader perplexed and puzzled to arrange in his own mind the points which have been discussed.