Definitions

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

  • transitive verb To examine and judge as a critic; to pass literary or artistic judgment upon.
  • transitive verb To express one's views as to the merit or demerit of; esp., to animadvert upon; to find fault with.
  • intransitive verb To act as a critic; to pass literary or artistic judgment; to play the critic; -- formerly used with on or upon.
  • intransitive verb To discuss the merits or demerits of a thing or person; esp., to find fault.

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  • verb To evaluate (something), and judge its merits and faults
  • verb To find fault (with something)

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  • verb act as a critic
  • verb find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

Etymologies

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From Ancient Greek κριτικός (kritikos) "of or for judging, able to discern", from κρίσις "crisis"

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