Greek kritikē art of the critic, from feminine of kritikos
First Known Use: 1651
CRITIC Defined for Kids
Definition of CRITIC for Kids
: a person who makes or gives a judgment of the value, worth, beauty, or quality of something <a movie critic>
: a person who finds fault or complains
Word Root of CRITIC
The Greek word kritikos, meaning “able to judge,” gives us the root critic. Words from the Greek kritikos have something to do with judging. A critic is someone who judges the value or quality or something, such as a movie or book. Someone critical makes a lot of judgments and usually decides that things are not good. To criticize is to make a judgment that something is not good.