Definitions for CRITICˈkrɪt ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

crit•icˈkrɪt ɪk(n.)

  1. a person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes.

  2. a person who evaluates, analyzes, or judges literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, etc., as for a newspaper.

  3. a person who tends too readily to find fault or make harsh judgments; faultfinder.

  4. Archaic.

    Ref: criticism .; critique .

Origin of critic:

1575–85; < L criticus < Gk kritikós skilled in judging (adj.), critic (n.) =krit(ēs) judge, umpire (kri(nein) to separate, decide +-tēs agent suffix) +-ikos -ic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. critic(noun)

    a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art

  2. critic(noun)

    anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something

  3. critic(noun)

    someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. critic(noun)ˈkrɪt ɪk

    sb who judges film, literature, arts, etc.

    Critics loved her new book.

  2. criticˈkrɪt ɪk

    sb who makes a negative judgment

    critics of the administration


  1. critic(Noun)

    A person who appraises the works of others.

  2. critic(Noun)

    A specialist in judging works of art.

  3. critic(Noun)

    One who criticizes; a person who finds fault.

  4. critic(Noun)

    An opponent.

  5. Origin: From criticus, from κριτικός, from κρίνω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Critic(noun)

    one skilled in judging of the merits of literary or artistic works; a connoisseur; an adept; hence, one who examines literary or artistic works, etc., and passes judgment upon them; a reviewer

  2. Critic(noun)

    one who passes a rigorous or captious judgment; one who censures or finds fault; a harsh examiner or judge; a caviler; a carper

  3. Critic(noun)

    the art of criticism

  4. Critic(noun)

    an act of criticism; a critique

  5. Critic(adj)

    of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical

  6. Critic(verb)

    to criticise; to play the critic


  1. Critic

    A critic is a professional who is communicating their opinions and assessments of various forms of creative work such as art, literature, music, cinema, theater, fashion, architecture and food. Critical judgments, whether derived of critical thinking or not, may be positive, negative, or balanced, weighing a combination of factors both for and against. Formally, the word is applied to persons who are publicly accepted and to a significant degree followed because of the quality of their assessments or their reputation. Unlike other individuals who may editorialize on subjects via Web sites or letters written to publications, professional critics are paid to produce their opinions for print, radio, magazine, television, or Internet companies. Persons who give opinions on current events, public affairs, sports, media, and historical events are often referred to as "pundits" instead of "critics." Critics are themselves subject to competing critics, since critical judgments always entail some degree of subjectivity. An established critic can play a powerful role as a public arbiter of taste or opinion.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'CRITIC' in Nouns Frequency: #1152

Anagrams of CRITIC

  1. citric

Translations for CRITIC

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who judges or comments on books, art etc

He is the book critic for the local newspaper.

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