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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.
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hypocritical (adjective), more hypocritical, most hypocritical
A reference to someone having a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing one's real character or inclinations; especially, with respect to religious and moral beliefs: Since Jack and Jill were not members of the church, it would be completely insincere and hypocritical to have their baby christened.
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