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critic Syllabification: crit·ic
Pronunciation: /ˈkridik/

Definition of critic in English:


1A person who expresses an unfavorable opinion of something: critics say many schools are not prepared to handle the influx of foreign students
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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.
detractor, attacker, fault-finder, backseat driver, gadfly
2A person who judges the merits of literary, artistic, or musical works, especially one who does so professionally: a film 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.
reviewer, commentator, evaluator, analyst, judge, pundit


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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