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  • n. nagging or carping criticism

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Resemblance to Zoilus in style or manner; carping criticism; detraction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Criticism like that of Zoilus; illiberal or carping criticism; unjust censure.


From the works of Zoilus (Ancient Greek: Ζωΐλος), a classical Greek, who was highly critical of Homer. (Wiktionary)


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  • Carping criticism or detraction. The word derives from Zoilus, Greek rhetorician and philosopher who denounced Homer as a purveyor of fables and criticized Isocrates and Plato.

    March 27, 2007