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critic

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noun crit·ic \ˈkri-tik\

Definition of critic

  1. 1 a :  one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique b :  one who engages often professionally in the analysis, evaluation, or appreciation of works of art or artistic performances

  2. 2 :  one given to harsh or captious judgment

Origin and Etymology of critic

Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos, from kritikos able to discern or judge, from krinein


First Known Use: 1588


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critic

noun crit·ic

Definition of critic

  1. 1 archaic :  criticism

  2. 2 archaic :  critique

Origin and Etymology of critic

Greek kritikē art of the critic, from feminine of kritikos


First Known Use: 1651


CRITIC Defined for Kids

critic

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noun crit·ic \ˈkri-tik\

Definition of critic for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who makes or gives a judgment of the value, worth, beauty, or quality of something <a movie critic>

  2. 2 :  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.



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