Definitions for critic
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word critic.
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.
Etymology: From criticus, from κριτικός, from κρίνω.
A critic is a person who communicates an assessment and an opinion of various forms of creative works such as art, literature, music, cinema, theater, fashion, architecture, and food. Critics may also take as their subject social or government policy. Critical judgments, whether derived from critical thinking or not, weigh up a range of factors, including an assessment of the extent to which the item under review achieves its purpose and its creator's intention and a knowledge of its context. They may also include a positive or negative personal response. Characteristics of a good critic are articulateness, preferably having the ability to use language with a high level of appeal and skill. Sympathy, sensitivity and insight are important too. Form, style and medium are all considered by the critic. In architecture and food criticism, the item's function, value and cost may be added components. Critics are publicly accepted and, to a significant degree, followed because of the quality of their assessments or their reputation. Influential critics of art, music, theater and architecture often present their arguments in complete books. One very famous example is John Ruskin's Seven Lamps of Architecture and The Stones of Venice. Critics may base their assessment on a range of theoretical positions. For instance, they may take a feminist or Freudian perspective.Unlike other individuals who may editorialize on subjects via websites or letters written to publications, professional critics are paid to produce their assessment and opinions for print, radio, magazine, television, or Internet companies. When their personal opinion outweighs considered judgment, people who give opinions, whether on current events, public affairs, sports, media or art are often referred to as "pundits" instead of critics. Critics are themselves subject to competing critics, since the final critical judgment always entails subjectivity. An established critic can play a powerful role as a public arbiter of taste or opinion. Also, critics or a coordinated group of critics, may award symbols of recognition.
A critic is a person who expresses an evaluation or judgment of a particular subject or work, typically in the areas of the arts, literature, music, theater, film, food or fashion. This evaluation can be based on a standard of aesthetics, technical aspects, cultural relevance, or personal perception. Critics are often professionals in their field, offering their opinions or interpretations to the public through various media outlets. Their critiques can influence public perception and play a part in the success or failure of the subject in question.
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
Etymology: [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
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It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic.
A critic is a bunch of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste.
Critics are by no means the end of the law. Do not think all is over with you because you articles are rejected. It may be that the editor has his drawer full, or that he does not know enough to appreciate you, or you have not gained a reputation, or he is not in a mood to be pleased. A critic's judgment is like that of any intelligent person. If he has experience, he is capable of judging whether a book will sell. That is all.
What I am saying, is in his rhetoric, I very rarely hear him say the things I used to hear Ronald Reagan say, the things I used to hear Bill Clinton say about how much he loves America, i do hear him criticize America much more often than other American presidents. And when it’s not in the context of an overwhelming number of statements about the exceptionalism of America, it sounds like he is more of a critic than he is a supporter.
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- ناقد, نقادArabic
- критик, критикарBulgarian
- críticCatalan, Valencian
- Gegner, Kritikerin, Gegnerin, KritikerGerman
- vastustaja, vastaväittäjä, arvottaja, kriitikko, arvioija, arvostelijaFinnish
- lèirmheasaicheScottish Gaelic
- מבקרת, מבקרHebrew
- 評論家, 批評家Japanese
- krytyczka, krytykPolish
- crítico, criticadorPortuguese
- критикан, критикRussian
- nhà phê bìnhVietnamese
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