noun (1)
crit·​ic | \ ˈkri-tik How to pronounce critic (audio) \

Definition of critic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one who engages often professionally in the analysis, evaluation, or appreciation of works of art or artistic performances a literary critic a film critic a theater critic
b : one who expresses a reasoned opinion on any matter especially involving a judgment of its value, truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique Critics of the new law say that it will not reduce crime.
2 : one given to harsh or captious judgment a fierce critic of immigration policies


noun (2)

Definition of critic (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : criticism
2 archaic : critique

First Known Use of critic

Noun (1)

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Noun (2)

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for critic

Noun (1)

borrowed from Latin criticus, borrowed from Greek kritikós, derivative of kritikós, adjective, "discerning, capable of judging," from kritós "separated, picked out" (verbal adjective of krī́nein "to separate, choose, decide, judge") + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at certain entry 1

Noun (2)

borrowed from French critique critique entry 1

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“Critic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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crit·​ic | \ ˈkri-tik How to pronounce critic (audio) \

Kids Definition of critic

1 : a person who makes or gives a judgment of the value, worth, beauty, or quality of something a movie critic
2 : a person who finds fault or complains


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