Meaning of critic in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrɪtɪk/

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  • 1A person who expresses an unfavourable opinion of something.

    ‘critics of the new legislation say it is too broad’
    • ‘In his last decade, Irving had to endure the sceptical opinions of a new and young breed of critics.’
    • ‘At the time, critics attacked the show for pandering to the middle class fear of a right wing police state.’
    • ‘Sadly it has been used by too many people as a weapon to attack their critics with.’
    • ‘You say that critics are sceptical, but I wonder whether this is money well spent.’
    • ‘For every fan there has been a critic and no player has polarised public opinion more.’
    • ‘There are many critics of this system.’
    • ‘I know the play-off system has its critics but it definitely keeps the season alive.’
    • ‘It was this generation who became the strongest critics of the communist system.’
    • ‘He's also a strident critic of the auction system, and dubious about recent reforms.’
    • ‘It takes real guts to stop being just a critic of the system and come up with solutions, both practical and theoretical.’
    • ‘He already had his critics but the scepticism now permeates the public as it has not done before.’
    • ‘The poll tax had its critics but it was a lot fairer than the current system.’
    • ‘I was for many years a supporter of the planning system, then a doubter, now a critic.’
    • ‘Threatening to sue in order to silence a critic has simply spread the criticism much, much farther.’
    • ‘It was more closely modelled on the imperial system than either critic or supporter ever concedes.’
    • ‘The chancellor also had something up his sleeve for his critics in the City.’
    • ‘We won't believe things are as bad as critics say until we turn on our tap and no water flows out.’
    • ‘These critics have no idea about the stress the exams cause to the students, teachers and parents.’
    • ‘Some critics of this letter may argue that at 19, I really have no right to speak out.’
    • ‘The Sunday Herald has also had its critics, most employed by rival publications.’
    detractor, censurer, attacker, fault-finder, carper, backbiter, caviller, reviler, vilifier, traducer, disparager, denigrator, deprecator, belittler
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  • 2A person who judges the merits of literary or artistic works, especially one who does so professionally.

    ‘a theatre critic’
    • ‘She worked first as a news reporter, then feature writer, film critic and agony aunt.’
    • ‘This is also true of newspaper critics who cover the arts, films, music, and books.’
    • ‘His films have divided critics and commentators like those of no other American director.’
    • ‘They commented how a lot of viewers and even critics misunderstood the film and its code.’
    • ‘You will go to a screening with other critics then write a review to appear in the paper with a photograph of you.’
    • ‘In the last few days, film critics have been allowed to see and review the movie.’
    • ‘In fact, his appetite led him to depths of observation that eluded many other artists and critics.’
    • ‘The prizes are voted for by North American film critics and awarded in January.’
    • ‘What do you think should be the role of film critics in today's film culture?’
    • ‘It is extremely important for feminist film critics to begin to address these questions.’
    • ‘His career as a film critic provides particularly revealing clues about his desire to collect.’
    • ‘I suggest to him that universal popularity is rarely appreciated by film critics.’
    • ‘A brief stint as an art editor and critic saw Peeradina reviewing books, plays and movies.’
    • ‘She got poor reviews from the critics, who appear to have turned completely against her.’
    • ‘The critics who attacked the work were not of course implying that Dali could not paint.’
    • ‘Why do critics think that a legitimate purpose of criticism is to attack art?’
    • ‘In this respect, he has been sadly misunderstood and his work misrepresented by his critics.’
    • ‘Knowing that you've got a really big audience in but they're all critics would be a bit of a mixed blessing.’
    • ‘Acclaimed as a comic masterpiece by critics, it stars Malcolm Adams and Hugh Lee.’
    • ‘In the end, the mistake critics always make when dismissing a musical genre is to damn it for what it's not.’
    commentator, observer, monitor, pundit, expert, authority, arbiter, interpreter, exponent, expounder
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Late 16th century from Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos, from kritēs ‘a judge’, from krinein ‘judge, decide’.