from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who forms and expresses judgments of the merits, faults, value, or truth of a matter.
- n. One who specializes especially professionally in the evaluation and appreciation of literary or artistic works: a film critic; a dance critic.
- n. One who tends to make harsh or carping judgments; a faultfinder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who appraises the works of others.
- n. A specialist in judging works of art.
- n. One who criticizes; a person who finds fault.
- n. An opponent.
- v. To criticise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One who passes a rigorous or captious judgment; one who censures or finds fault; a harsh examiner or judge; a caviler; a carper.
- n. The art of criticism.
- n. An act of criticism; a critique.
- adj. Of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical.
- intransitive v. To criticise; to play the critic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. One who judges captiously or with severity; one who censures or finds fault; a carper.
- n. The art or science of criticism.
- n. An act of criticism; a critique.
- n. Synonyms and Judge, censor, connoisseur; censurer.
- Of or pertaining to critics or criticism.
- To criticize; play the critic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
- n. someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
- n. a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art
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The dish might serve as a prime example of the term "critic bait."
# The word critic comes from the Greek κριτικός (kritikós), "able to discern", which in turn derives from the word κριτής (krités), meaning a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, value judgment, interpretation, or observation. ...
It's always nice when a critic is able to share his god-like wisdom and set poor novelists straight about what they ought to do.
Not because the critic is always “right”, but because they open a door for the rest of us cinephiles to engage in logical debate and think critically about the what we are watching.
Normally bad reviews are based on hatred (i.e. a critic will hate the swearing in my books so much they launch into an evangelical diatribe!) or jealousy, because the critic is an unpublished SF author who obviously considers their own unpublished work superior.
If using the White House propaganda machinery to try to discredit a critic is a crime, then every administration since John Adams could be considered a criminal enterprise.
Errr…This a big distinction between criticism, mindless bashing, and mindless bashing in which you call your critic a pedophile.
He might discover that a critic is a man who has very little use of his senses.
John, there are those who are only too easily in "critic" mode.