from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who forms and expresses judgments of the merits, faults, value, or truth of a matter.
  • noun One who specializes especially professionally in the evaluation and appreciation of literary or artistic works.
  • noun One who tends to make harsh or carping judgments; a faultfinder.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To criticize; play the critic.
  • noun A person skilled in judging of merit in some particular class of things, especially in literary or artistic works; one who is qualified to discern and distinguish excellences and faults, especially in literature and art; one who writes upon the qualities of such works.
  • noun One who judges captiously or with severity; one who censures or finds fault; a carper.
  • noun The art or science of criticism.
  • noun An act of criticism; a critique.
  • noun Synonyms and Judge, censor, connoisseur; censurer.
  • Of or pertaining to critics or criticism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective obsolete Of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical.
  • intransitive verb obsolete To criticise; to play the critic.
  • noun One skilled in judging of the merits of literary or artistic works; a connoisseur; an adept; hence, one who examines literary or artistic works, etc., and passes judgment upon them; a reviewer.
  • noun One who passes a rigorous or captious judgment; one who censures or finds fault; a harsh examiner or judge; a caviler; a carper.
  • noun obsolete The art of criticism.
  • noun obsolete An act of criticism; a critique.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person who appraises the works of others.
  • noun A specialist in judging works of art.
  • noun One who criticizes; a person who finds fault.
  • noun An opponent.
  • verb obsolete, transitive, intransitive To criticise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
  • noun someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
  • noun a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos, able to discern, from kritēs, judge, from krīnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin criticus, from Ancient Greek κριτικός (kritikos, "of or for judging, able to discern"), from κρίνω (krinō, "I judge").


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