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Meaning of CRITIC

Pronunciation:  'kritik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
  2. [n]  anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
  3. [n]  a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art

CRITIC is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: Allen Tate, appraiser, art critic, authenticator, carper, disagreeable person, drama critic, evaluator, grader, Granville-Barker, Harley Granville-Barker, John Orley Allen Tate, judge, literary critic, music critic, newspaper critic, niggler, nitpicker, panelist, panellist, professional, professional person, reader, referee, reviewer, roaster, sampler, taster, tastetester, Tate, theater critic, unpleasant person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Crit"ic\ (kr?t"?k), n. [L. criticus, Gr. ????, a critic;
    prop., an adj. meaning able to discuss, from ???? to judge,
    discern. See {Certain}, and cf. {Critique}.]
    1. 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.
             The opininon of the most skillful critics was, that
             nothing finer [than Goldsmith's ``Traveler''] had
             appeared in verse since the fourth book of the
             ``Dunciad.''                          --Macaulay.
    2. One who passes a rigorous or captious judgment; one who
       censures or finds fault; a harsh examiner or judge; a
       caviler; a carper.
             When an author has many beauties consistent with
             virtue, piety, and truth, let not little critics
             exalt themselves, and shower down their ill nature.
                                                   --I. Watts.
             You know who the critics are? the men who have
             failed in literature and art.         --Beaconsfield.
    3. The art of criticism. [Obs.] --Locke.
    4. An act of criticism; a critique. [Obs.]
             And make each day a critic on the last. --Pope.
  2. \Crit"ic\, a.
    Of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical. [Obs.]
    ``Critic learning.'' --Pope.
  3. \Crit"ic\, v. i. [Cf. F. critiquer.]
    To criticise; to play the critic. [Obs.]
          Nay, if you begin to critic once, we shall never have
          done.                                    --A. Brewer.
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