Blunt Comebacks For People Who Are Judgmental Hypocrites

Blunt Comebacks For People Who Are Judgmental Hypocrites

We all know that one person who loves dishing out criticism but has a meltdown the second you point out their flaws. Dealing with judgmental hypocrites is exhausting, but instead of letting their negativity get you down, hit them with a blunt comeback that leaves them speechless. Here are a few that are perfect for when someone needs to be put in their place. Ditch the guilt, and stand up for yourself – their hypocritical opinions aren’t worth your time.

1. “Interesting take, considering you…”

Let them fill in the blank with their own hypocritical behavior. This is perfect for when they judge your life choices while making equally questionable ones themselves. If they try playing innocent, hit them with a specific example of their hypocrisy. Bonus points if you can do it in front of other people, as it makes it harder for them to deny it.

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2. “Thanks for the advice, I’ll file it with all the other unsolicited opinions I’ve received.”

Sarcasm is your friend here — bonus points if you visibly pretend to write it down on an imaginary notepad. You could even start compiling a little “Book of Unsolicited Advice” and dramatically scribble their ‘wisdom’ in it. Let them know you see through their judgmental facade.

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3. “Wow, you’re really passionate about this. What have you done to help fix it?”

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Puts the spotlight on their lack of action. If they’re all talk and no change-making, their criticism falls flat. This works particularly well when they’re criticizing social or political issues. If they haven’t done anything to actually contribute to a solution, their opinion holds less weight.

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4. “My life must be pretty boring if you’re this invested in it.”

This is a more lighthearted way of calling out their nosiness, and it changes the subject from your actions to their unhealthy obsession. You could even follow up with, “Need me to recommend a hobby for you?” This way, you shut down the gossip with a little dose of humor.

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5. “Do you practice these put-downs in the mirror, or do they just come naturally?”

This comeback implies their nastiness is intentional, not just them being clueless, and it’s best delivered with a completely deadpan expression. If they stammer out a denial, you know you’ve hit a nerve. Either way, it highlights how unnecessary their rude remarks are.

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6. “I love how you think I care about your opinion.”

This is simultaneously sassy and dismissive, which is sometimes just what the doctor ordered. It also shuts down the conversation quickly, which is good because why would you waste time on someone whose opinion doesn’t matter? Follow this up by visibly changing the subject or walking away. It makes it clear you don’t have time for their negativity.

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7. “It’s amazing you have the time to judge people, considering how perfect your own life must be.”

Ooh, this one is dripping with sarcasm. It highlights that people who fixate on other people’s faults usually do so to avoid looking at their own, Verywell Mind notes. It can be extra satisfying if you know they’re struggling in a particular area, but wouldn’t dare admit it. Undermines their authority to criticize.

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8. “Let me know when you’re ready to talk about something that actually matters.”

This subtly implies their judgment is petty and beneath you and moves the conversation towards something more meaningful (or shuts them up entirely). Great if you’re genuinely trying to shift the focus to a productive conversation, but also subtly dismissive if they won’t drop it.

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9. “Bless your heart.”

Classic southern passive-aggressiveness. It sounds sweet, but is subtly condescending – perfect for those faux-polite hypocrites. What’s great is that it’s even more effective delivered with a wide-eyed innocent smile. Let them know you see right through their fake politeness.

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10. “I’ll keep that in mind.” (And then immediately do the opposite)

This one requires commitment! Tell them you’ll consider their criticism, then gleefully go against every single word of it. It’s especially satisfying if their advice was particularly unsolicited or condescending. Living your life on your terms is the ultimate revenge against a judgmental person.

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11. “You seem stressed, is everything okay?”

Shifting focus to their negativity can be disarming. Sometimes, the judgiest people are secretly unhappy – acting concerned throws them off their game. If they try to deflect, double down: “No, really, it seems like something’s bothering you…”. Feigned concern can be just as cutting as overt sarcasm.

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12. “Do you charge for this advice, or are you always this generous?”

Another sarcastic gem that implies their unsolicited opinions are not only annoying, but also worthless. You can even follow-up with a mock-serious question like, “Do you offer payment plans?” This way, you make it clear that you don’t value their input whatsoever.

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13. “Remember that time you…?”

Bringing up their past missteps is a quick way to silence a hypocrite, especially since they’re so happy to mention yours. Choose an embarrassing faux pas for maximum effect. Even better if it directly connects to what they’re criticizing you for – reminds them that they’re hardly in a position to judge.

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14. “I’m sorry, were you speaking to me?”

Pretending you have no idea who this judgmental person is wounds their ego, which makes it perfect for those who constantly overstep boundaries. Follow it up with a blank stare and a dismissive shrug. Denying them the chance to rant at you is a power move.

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15. Just smile, nod, and completely ignore what they said.

Sometimes, the best comeback is not engaging at all. Their judgment only has power if you let it bother you. Tune them out – check your phone, mentally plan your dinner, whatever it takes to show them their words have zero effect on you.

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Josh grew up in Connecticut and thought he could never be happier away from big bodies of water until he moved to Minneapolis and fell in love with it. He writes full-time, with his lifestyle content being published in the likes of Men's Health, Business Insider, and many more. When he's not writing, he likes running (but not enough to train for a marathon even though his buddy won't stop asking him).