a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art
anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
A person who appraises the works of others.
A specialist in judging works of art.
One who criticizes; a person who finds fault.
Origin: From criticus, from κριτικός, from κρίνω.
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
one who passes a rigorous or captious judgment; one who censures or finds fault; a harsh examiner or judge; a caviler; a carper
the art of criticism
an act of criticism; a critique
of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical
to criticise; to play the critic
Origin: [L. criticus, Gr. kritiko`s, a critic; prop., an adj. meaning able to discuss, from kri`nein to judge, discern. See Certain, and cf. Critique.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
krit′ik, n. one skilled in estimating the quality of literary or artistic work: a professional reviewer: one skilled in textual or biblical criticism, literature, the fine arts, &c.: a fault-finder.—adj. Crit′ical, relating to criticism: discriminating: captious: decisive.—adv. Crit′ically.—ns. Crit′icalness, Critical′ity; Crit′icaster, Crit′ickin, a petty critic.—adj. Criticīs′able.—v.t. Crit′icise, to pass judgment on: to censure.—ns. Crit′icism, the art of judging, esp. in literature or the fine arts: a critical judgment or observation; Critique (kri-tēk′), a critical examination of any production: a review.—Critical angle, the least angle of incidence at which a ray is totally reflected; Critical philosophy, that of Kant as based on a critical examination of the faculty of knowledge; Critical point, that temperature below which a substance may, and above which it cannot, be liquefied by pressure alone.—Higher or Historical criticism, as distinguished from Textual or Verbal criticism, the inquiry into the composition, date, and authenticity of the books of Scripture, from historical and literary considerations. [Gr. kritikos—krinein, to judge.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A wet blanket that soaks everything it touches.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'CRITIC' in Nouns Frequency: #1152
The numerical value of CRITIC in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of CRITIC in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I am indeed my most unmerciful critic.
No statue has ever been put up to a critic.
A "critic" is a man who creates nothing ...
A critic is a legless man who teaches running.
A dramatic critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned.
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Translations for CRITIC
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- نقاد, ناقدArabic
- критик, критикарBulgarian
- críticCatalan, Valencian
- Kritiker, Gegner, Kritikerin, GegnerinGerman
- arvioija, vastaväittäjä, arvostelija, kriitikko, vastustaja, arvottajaFinnish
- lèirmheasaicheScottish Gaelic
- מבקרת, מבקרHebrew
- 評論家, 批評家Japanese
- krytyk, krytyczkaPolish
- crítico, criticadorPortuguese
- критик, критиканRussian
- nhà phê bìnhVietnamese
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