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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Excessively critical; captious.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Excessively or captiously critical; judging adversely from trivial or irrelevant considerations; unduly finical or unjustly severe in judgment.
  • Excessively exacting or scrupulous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Over critical; unreasonably or unjustly critical; carping; captious.
  • adjective Excessively nice or exact.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Meticulously or excessively critical.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective inclined to judge too severely

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