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Definition of "critic" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "critic" in a sentence
  • "Though, for our part, we are 'fully convinced that the fcience of criticifm, like mod others, has received great improvement fince the ages of thofe writers; and that a much more accurate teft of poetical excellence might be ap - plied, than the loofe and dubious fentences of the above poet - critic and. critic* poet; yet Mr.W. 's paraphraftical application,"
  • "The dish might serve as a prime example of the term "critic bait.""
  • "# The word critic comes from the Greek κριτικός (kritikós), "able to discern", which in turn derives from the word κριτής (krités), meaning a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, value judgment, interpretation, or observation. ..."