Definitions

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  • adv. in a carping manner

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a carping manner; captiously.

Etymologies

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carping +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The delay, though carpingly criticized by all and sundry, seem to make us nervous as well.

    WH denies Afghan decision made, as tensions flare with Pentagon

  • Nothing excited his indignation more than to hear little people of great pretension carpingly criticise the man of whom he makes Southey, in a discussion with Porson, declare, that "all the faults that ever were committed in poetry would be but as air to earth, if we could weigh them against one single thought or image such as almost every scene exhibits in every drama of this unrivalled genius."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866

  • The sexual passion, the predominance of which in this tragedy a recent critic has not a little carpingly condemned, is entirely natural in such an untamed savage as Abdelazer, whilst history affords many a parallel to the lascivious Queen.

    The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume II

  • "You will never get Mortimer to go," his mother had said carpingly, "but if he once goes he'll stay; Yessney throws almost as much a spell over him as Town does.

    The Chronicles of Clovis

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