critic

Definitions

  • An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up
    An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n critic someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
    • n critic anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
    • n critic a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Michelangelo's Last Judgment, which hangs on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, drew some harsh criticism from one of the Vatican's officials because of the nudity. So Michelangelo made some changes to his work: he painted in the face of the complaining clergyman and added a donkey's ears and a snake's tail.
    • Critic An act of criticism; a critique. "And make each day a critic on the last."
    • a Critic Of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical. "Critic learning."
    • Critic 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.”"
    • Critic 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.""You know who the critics are? the men who have failed in literature and art."
    • Critic The art of criticism.
    • v. i Critic To criticise; to play the critic. "Nay, if you begin to critic once, we shall never have done."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n critic A person skilled in judging of merit in some particular class of things, especially in literary or artistic works; one who is qualified to discern and distinguish excellences and faults, especially in literature and art; one who writes upon the qualities of such works.
    • n critic One who judges captiously or with severity; one who censures or finds fault; a carper.
    • n critic The art or science of criticism.
    • n critic An act of criticism; a critique.
    • n critic Synonyms and Judge, censor, connoisseur; censurer.
    • critic Of or pertaining to critics or criticism.
    • critic To criticize; play the critic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Critic krit′ik one skilled in estimating the quality of literary or artistic work: a professional reviewer: one skilled in textual or biblical criticism, literature, the fine arts, &c.: a fault-finder
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Quotations

  • James Russell Lowell
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    “What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.”
  • Joseph Joubert
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    “Children need models rather than critics.”
  • Joseph Addison
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    “Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Critics are already made.”
  • E. M. Cioran
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    “Criticism is a misconception: we must read not to understand others but to understand ourselves.”
  • Jean Cocteau
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    “What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.”

Idioms

Armchair critic - An armchair critic is someone who offers advice but never shows that they could actually do any better.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. criticus, Gr. kritiko`s, a critic; prop., an adj. meaning able to discuss, from kri`nein to judge, discern. See Certain, and cf. Critique
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kritikoskrinein, to judge.

Usage

In literature:

Some widely read critics have made the very natural error of confounding magnetism with personality.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
The style and versification are beneath criticism; the morals are those of Rochester.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I am personally very glad always to avail myself of the author's criticism and suggestion.
"The Light of the Star" by Hamlin Garland
For this reason the talker favored the reading of criticism, especially the kind of criticism that quoted.
"Imaginary Interviews" by W. D. Howells
Yet as a rule, Anna seemed cold, resenting her mother, critical of her.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It would be unfair to treat them as literary criticism, for which he cared as little as it deserves.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
In Paris and London the military critics wrote optimistically that the Germans were marching into a trap.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
It is the domain of criticism.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
The critics laughed me to distraction.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
When the dispute had reached a critical stage a bill was introduced in the Imperial parliament to unite them.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
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In poetry:

Every critic in the town
Runs the minor poet down;
Every critic—don't you know it?
Is himself a minor poet.
"A Coincidence" by Robert Fuller Murray
She saw him mark for the first time,
With critic eye,
What five years’ heavy toil had done
’Neath roof and sky.
"The Selector’s Wife" by Mary Eliza Fullerton
Time's the Master Critic,
Only he can say
What, among these verses,
Good and bad and worse is --
What will live for aye.
"Poem" by Bert Leston Taylor
The Critic grieves at Virtue's loss,
And rails at Evil's stride,
But Love still holds aloft the Cross,
And shows the Crucified.
"To M.P." by John Lawson Stoddard
Yet critics say (a friendly stock)
That, though it's evident I try,
Yet even I can barely mock
The glimmer of his wondrous eye!
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Shall they bask in sunny rays?
Shall they feed on sugared praise?
Shall they stick with tangled feet
On the critic's poisoned sheet?
"Opening The Window" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

An outcry of criticism forced the German shoe maker to abandon a high-top sneakers that featured rubber shackles.
Bell Canada Responds to $3.38 Billion Astral Deal Critics by Opening Wallet.
The Inspector General of the US Veterans Affairs Department has issued a report highly critical of emergency call handling by the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in San Diego.
Authorities say a student who was shot and critically wounded on the first day of classes at a Baltimore County high school was shot at random .
Efficient logistics and transportation play critical roles in the food distribution proces.
A new book about the atomic destruction of Hiroshima has won critical acclaim with its heartbreaking portrayals of the bomb's survivors and is set to be made into a movie by James Cameron.
Critics worry about mini-black holes, strangelets.
Older adults who say they've had a life-changing religious experience are more likely to have a greater decrease in size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical to learning and memory, new research finds.
A United Nations report titled the "Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation" is critical of California.
A president can't ignore his critics unless he has a reliable sense of himself.
Chris Brown to Taliban costume critics: 'Get over it'.
An auctioneer 's performance two weeks ago at a Northampton borough-sponsored event has drawn sharp criticism from the mayor and a member of council.
Auditor general criticizes education spending priorities.
Ruskin knew Mr Fellows's kind of critic.
Sometimes was that kind of critic (as in Modern Painters II)—the one who throws up depth on depth of scaffolding before the cathedral, then swings and scrambles like a monkey through all the pipework.
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In science:

Thus, if, in principle, critical exponents can be determined from the diagrammatic perturbation theory at n → 0, then, in this limit, the critical exponents for the random model are the same as for the pure model.
Critical behavior of n-vector model with quenched randomness
In his analysis of this type of random field system with anistropic mode softening, Toh predicts changes to the upper critical dimension, thus modifying the values of critical exponents at d = 3.
Crossover from classical to random-field critical exponents in As-doped TbVO4
With these assumptions, the equations of motion following from the relative action have interesting solutions, whose interpretation may give some insight into their field theory duals, and eventually provide hints in favor of the consistency of either critical or even non-critical Type 0 string theory.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
Can such an enormous simplification of the real problem describe empirical data? A similar puzzle occurred in the theory of critical phenomena, in which the critical behavior does not depend on the detailed dynamics of the theory.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The critical dimension at the tricritical point of such theories is three, so that mean field theory, and therefore RMT, describes the correct critical behavior at this point.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
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