severe, study at critical, faultfinding, critical, nagging, caviling, sarcastic, quibbling, nitpicking, hypercritical, pettifogging, overcritical, praise, censorious.
Horace must not be thought of, however, as a censorious or carping
But not a feathered parrot in the carping
lot of them could deny that Miss Manners had beauty and wit enough to keep them all at bay.
If you dismiss mere carping
and say that."