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critic Line breaks: crit¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪtɪk/

Definition of critic in English:

noun

1A person who expresses an unfavourable opinion of something: critics of the new legislation say it is too broad
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  • In his last decade, Irving had to endure the sceptical opinions of a new and young breed of critics.
  • At the time, critics attacked the show for pandering to the middle class fear of a right wing police state.
  • Sadly it has been used by too many people as a weapon to attack their critics with.
Synonyms
2A person who judges the merits of literary or artistic works, especially one who does so professionally: a theatre critic
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  • She worked first as a news reporter, then feature writer, film critic and agony aunt.
  • This is also true of newspaper critics who cover the arts, films, music, and books.
  • His films have divided critics and commentators like those of no other American director.
Synonyms
commentator, observer, monitor, pundit, expert, authority, arbiter, interpreter, exponent, expounder;
writer, author, speaker;

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos, from kritēs 'a judge', from krinein 'judge, decide'.

Words that rhyme with critic

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