Critic definition

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One who forms and expresses judgments of the merits, faults, value, or truth of a matter.
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One who tends to make harsh or carping judgments; a faultfinder.
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One who specializes especially professionally in the evaluation and appreciation of literary or artistic works.

A film critic; a dance critic.

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A person who indulges in faultfinding and censure.
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A person who forms and expresses judgments of people or things according to certain standards or values.
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Such a person whose profession is to write or broadcast such judgments of books, music, paintings, sculpture, plays, films, television, etc., as for a newspaper.
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A person who appraises the works of others.
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A specialist in judging works of art.
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One who criticizes; a person who finds fault.
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(obsolete, intransitive) To criticise.
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The definition of a critic is someone who evaluates or makes judgments on people or things, or a person whose job it is to evaluate and write about what they experience, especially art, literature and food.

An example of a critic is someone who reviews movies.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
critic
Plural:
critics

Origin of critic

  • Latin criticus from Greek kritikos able to discern from kritēs judge from krīnein to separate, judge krei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French critique, from Latin criticus, from Ancient Greek κριτικός (kritikos, “of or for judging, able to discern”), from κρίνω (krinō, “I judge”).

    From Wiktionary