from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A petty or inferior critic.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A petty or charlatan critic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A contemptible or vicious critic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inferior or incompetent critic; a petty censurer.
Shakespeare's plays are so corrupt, any criticaster has good leave to expunge or expand at will, under a roving commission to hack and hew wheresoever and howsoever it may please him, under the plea of restoring the text.
The case against Mr. Taylor as a criticaster is clinched by the fact that his cause is espoused by
"A.strange perversion of facts," cries the sapient criticaster, with that normal amenity which has won for him such honour and troops of unfriends: when his name was proposed as secretary to the R.A. S., all prophesied the speediest dissolution of that infirm body.
After Dutch film maker and Islam criticaster Theo van Gogh was murdered by a Jihadist in the streets of Amsterdam, he was of the opinion that blasphemy should no longer be a dead letter, and a few years later he even said the Netherlands should introduce Sharia law if a two third majority would support it.
What amount of obtuseness will disqualify a criticaster who itches to be tinkering and cobbling the noblest passages of thought that ever issued from mortal brain, while at the same time he stumbles and bungles in sentences of that simplicity and grammatical clearness, as not to tax the powers of a third-form schoolboy to explain? [