Definition of critic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkrɪtɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɪtɪk//
    Showing films, The art world
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  1. 1a person who expresses opinions about the good and bad qualities of books, music, etc. a music/theatre/literary, etc. critic The critics loved the movie. Wordfinderauthor, book, classic, critic, drama, fiction, genre, literature, poetry, write See related entries: Showing films, The art world
  2. 2a person who expresses disapproval of somebody/something and talks about their bad qualities, especially publicly She is one of the ruling party's most outspoken critics. a critic of private health care
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos, from kritēs ‘a judge’, from krinein ‘judge, decide’.Extra examples Critics described the paintings as worthless rubbish. Critics point out that poverty still exists. He is now a major critic of the nuclear industry. I am my own worst critic. She is looking for a chance to prove her critics wrong. She is one of her husband’s severest critics. Some critics are calling him ‘the new De Niro’. The film was hailed by critics as a triumphant piece of realism. The play was panned by critics. an outspoken critic of government policy He’s a restaurant critic for ‘The Times’. Several literary critics wrote unflattering reviews of her first novel. She is one of the ruling party’s most outspoken critics.
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