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critic

[krit-ik]
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noun
  1. a person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes: a poor critic of men.
  2. a person who judges, evaluates, or analyzes literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, or the like, especially for a newspaper or magazine.
  3. a person who tends too readily to make captious, trivial, or harsh judgments; faultfinder.
  4. Archaic.
    1. criticism.
    2. critique.
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Origin of critic

1575–85; < Latin criticus < Greek kritikós skilled in judging (adj.), critic (noun), equivalent to krī́t(ēs) judge, umpire (krī́(nein) to separate, decide + -tēs agent suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related formssu·per·crit·ic, noun
Can be confusedcritic criticism critique

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critic

noun
  1. a person who judges something
  2. a professional judge of art, music, literature, etc
  3. a person who often finds fault and criticizes
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos capable of judging, from kritēs judge; see criterion
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Word Origin and History for critic

n.

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]
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