• (British, America) IPA: /ˈkɹɪt.ɪk/

critic (plural critics)

  1. A person who appraises the works of others.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_Oliver Goldsmith, Oliver]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      The opinion of the most skilful critics was, that nothing finer [than Goldsmith's Traveller] had appeared in verse since the fourth book of the Dunciad.
  2. A specialist in judging works of art.
  3. One who criticizes; a person who finds fault.
    • When an author has many beauties consistent with virtue, piety, and truth, let not little critics exalt themselves, and shower down their ill nature.
  4. An opponent.
  5. Obsolete form of critique#English|critique (an act of criticism)
    • 1709, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Criticism, London: Printed for W. Lewis […], published 1711, OCLC 15810849 ↗:
      Make each day a Critick on the last.
  6. Obsolete form of critique#English|critique (the art of criticism)
    • 1690, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Chapter 21, page 550
      And, perhaps, if they were distinctly weighed, and duly considered, they would afford us another sort of logic and critic, than what we have been hitherto acquainted with.
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Kritiker
  • Portuguese: criticador
  • Russian: кри́тик
Translations Verb

critic (critics, present participle criticking; past and past participle criticked)

  1. (obsolete, ambitransitive) To criticise.
    • Nay, if you begin to critic once, we shall never have done.

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