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

  • adj. Of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical.
  • 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.
  • 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


Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos, able to discern, from kritēs, judge, from krīnein, to separate, judge; see krei- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin criticus, from Ancient Greek κριτικός (kritikos, "of or for judging, able to discern"), from κρίνω (krinō, "I judge"). (Wiktionary)



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