- a person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes: a poor critic of men.
- a person who judges, evaluates, or analyzes literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, or the like, especially for a newspaper or magazine.
- a person who tends too readily to make captious, trivial, or harsh judgments; faultfinder.
Origin of critic
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Examples from the Web for critic
“Every critic encounters one book like that,” was his reply.A Novel Nearly Impossible to Review
December 28, 2014
But back in the 1990s, that usually took the form of fighting corporate welfare, of which he was an early GOP critic.John Kasich: The GOP’s Hobbled 2016 Dark Horse
W. James Antle III
November 3, 2014
Literary pedigree is or should be a valid concern for any writer or for any critic considering that writer.Compliments Are Nice, but Enough With the Cormac McCarthy Comparisons
October 21, 2014
This was the Coltrane “sheets of sound” period (a phrase originated by critic Ira Gitler).The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
“She follows the war and makes it very much into her business,” noted the critic Harold Bloom.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
According to her own account, her first critic was her father.De Libris: Prose and Verse
He was a very severe, and often unfair, critic of his predecessors.Apu Ollantay
"Then give me mine," cries the critic, stretching out his palm.Main Street
He was perhaps then, as he was ever, too severe a critic of his own works.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
He was a good reader and critic, and his judgment on poetry was to the ground of it.
- a person who judges something
- a professional judge of art, music, literature, etc
- a person who often finds fault and criticizes
Word Origin and History for critic
1580s, "one who passes judgment," from Middle French critique (14c.), from Latin criticus "a judge, literary critic," from Greek kritikos "able to make judgments," from krinein "to separate, decide" (see crisis). Meaning "one who judges merits of books, plays, etc." is from c.1600. The English word always had overtones of "censurer, faultfinder."
To understand how the artist felt, however, is not criticism; criticism is an investigation of what the work is good for. ... Criticism ... is a serious and public function; it shows the race assimilating the individual, dividing the immortal from the mortal part of a soul. [George Santayana, "The Life of Reason," 1906]
A perfect judge will read each work of wit
With the same spirit that its author writ;
[Pope, "An Essay on Criticism," 1709]