Critic

Definition of Critic

Crit´ic   Pronunciation: krĭt´ĭk
n.1.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.
The opininon of the most skillful critics was, that nothing finer [than Goldsmith's "Traveler"] had appeared in verse since the fourth book of the "Dunciad."
- Macaulay.
2.One who passes a rigorous or captious judgment; one who censures or finds fault; a harsh examiner or judge; a caviler; a carper.
When an author has many beauties consistent with virtue, piety, and truth, let not little critics exalt themselves, and shower down their ill nature.
- I. Watts.
You know who the critics are? the men who have failed in literature and art.
- Beaconsfield.
3.The art of criticism.
4.An act of criticism; a critique.
And make each day a critic on the last.
- Pope.
a.1.Of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical.
v. i.1.To criticise; to play the critic.
Nay, if you begin to critic once, we shall never have done.
- A. Brewer.

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