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critic

[krit-ik] /ˈkrɪt ɪk/
noun
1.
a person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes:
a poor critic of men.
2.
a person who judges, evaluates, or analyzes literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, or the like, especially for a newspaper or magazine.
3.
a person who tends too readily to make captious, trivial, or harsh judgments; faultfinder.
4.
Archaic.
  1. criticism.
  2. critique.
Origin
1575-1585
1575-85; < Latin criticus < Greek kritikós skilled in judging (adj.), critic (noun), equivalent to krī́t(ēs) judge, umpire (krī́(nein) to separate, decide + -tēs agent suffix) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
supercritic, noun
Can be confused
critic, criticism, critique.
Synonyms
2. reviewer, judge. 3. censurer, carper.
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critic

/ˈkrɪtɪk/
noun
1.
a person who judges something
2.
a professional judge of art, music, literature, etc
3.
a person who often finds fault and criticizes
Word Origin
C16: from Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos capable of judging, from kritēs judge; see criterion
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Word Origin and History for supercritic
critic
1580s, from L. criticus, from Gk. kritikos "able to make judgments," from krinein "to separate, decide" (see crisis). The Eng. word always had overtones of "censurer, faultfinder."
"A perfect judge will read each work of wit
With the same spirit that its author writ;"
[Pope, "An Essay on Criticism," 1709]
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