What do we call a person who constantly demotivates others?

For context: someone who thinks he is so brilliant in English, keeps discouraging me about the questions/answers I post.

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    downer, killjoy, buzzkill, wet blanket
    – Jim
    Nov 5, 2013 at 5:02
  • per the 'context': stimulator.
    – Kris
    Nov 5, 2013 at 6:11
  • heh if you want to go tongue-in-cheek, start calling him your inspiration
    – Tom Hundt
    Mar 21, 2017 at 21:10

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FTD inclined to judge too severely; "hypercritical of colloquial speech"; "the overcritical teacher can discourage originality" also Excessively and unreasonably critical, esp. of small faults.

M.W says: criticizing other people or things too strongly or too often

A person who is hypercritical of everything one does, says, or writes can be extremely disheartening and demotivating. Think of a hypercritical parent, partner, teacher or manager whose exacting and severe behaviour can actively discourage initiative and creativity in their listeners.

  • Hypercritical looks good. Thanks for your feedback. :)
    – uma
    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:36

dismotivator & demotivator n

dictionary.reference.com lists demotivator as a noun.

dismotivator seems to be preferred in academic writing, esp., with reference to Frederick I Herzberg's motivation-hygiene theory (Two-factor Theory).

1. One who, or that which, demotivates.

Word processors may flag the word, though, as many dictionaries stop at demotivate.

Plenty of use case results on Google:

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