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hypercritical (high" pur KRIT i k'l) (adjective), more hypercritical, most hypercritical
1. A reference to being overly severe in judgment: Melanie was always so very hypercritical with herself, thinking that she weighed too much although she had the figure of a model!
2. Characteristic of being hard to please; especially, about small details: Albert was quite hypercritical about choosing the best restaurant because the water served there had to have the right temperature, and the silverware had to shine brilliantly.
Complaining about insignificant things.
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hypercritical, hypocritical
hypercritical (high" puhr KRIT i kuhl) (adjective)
Carping, judgmental, unfair to an excessive degree: A hypercritical parent or teacher can discourage a child from trying to improve.
hypocritical (hip" uh KRIT i kuhl) (adjective)
Concerning a person who pretends to have certain beliefs about what is proper or right, but practices the opposite or contrary behavior of those beliefs: A hypocritical teacher demands respect from students, but he or she does not show respect for them.

It would be hypocritical if a teacher overlooked the serious errors in his or her student’s homework, but it would be hypercritical if that instructor criticized other teachers for being too loose with their grading systems.