Zoilism


Zoilism
Zoilism o"i*lism, n. Resemblance to Zoilus in style or manner; carping criticism; detraction. [1913 Webster]

Bring candid eyes the perusal of men's works, and let not Zoilism or detraction blast well-intended labors. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Zoilism — /zōˈi li zm/ noun Carping and unjust criticism Zoilˈean adjective Characteristic of Zoilus, a Greek grammarian who flourished in the time of Philip of Macedon, and criticized Homer with such asperity that his name became proverbial for a captious …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hypercriticism — Hy per*crit i*cism, n. Excessive criticism, or unjust severity or rigor of criticism; zoilism. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Zoilean — Zoilˈean adjective Characteristic of Zoilus, a Greek grammarian who flourished in the time of Philip of Macedon, and criticized Homer with such asperity that his name became proverbial for a captious and malignant critic • • • Main Entry:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Zoilist — Zōˈilist noun A carping critic • • • Main Entry: ↑Zoilism …   Useful english dictionary


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