critical

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
    • adj critical marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws "a critical attitude"
    • adj critical characterized by careful evaluation and judgment "a critical reading","a critical dissertation","a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
    • adj critical being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency "a critical shortage of food","a critical illness","an illness at the critical stage"
    • adj critical at or of a point at which a property or phenomenon suffers an abrupt change especially having enough mass to sustain a chain reaction "a critical temperature of water is 100 degrees C--its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure","critical mass","go critical"
    • adj critical forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis "a critical point in the campaign","the critical test"
    • adj critical urgently needed; absolutely necessary "a critical element of the plan","critical medical supplies","vital for a healthy society","of vital interest"
    • adj critical of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism "critical acclaim"
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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.
    • Critical Characterized by thoroughness and a reference to principles, as becomes a critic; as, a critical analysis of a subject.
    • Critical Inclined to criticise or find fault; fastidious; captious; censorious; exacting. "O gentle lady, do not put me to 't,
      For I am nothing, if not critical ."
    • Critical Inclined to make nice distinctions, or to exercise careful judgment and selection; exact; nicely judicious. "Virgil was so critical in the rites of religion, that he would never have brought in such prayers as these, if they had not been agreeable to the Roman customs."
    • Critical Pertaining to criticism or the critic's art; of the nature of a criticism; accurate; as, critical knowledge; a critical dissertation.
    • Critical Pertaining to, or indicating, a crisis, turning point, or specially important juncture; important as regards consequences; hence, of doubtful issue; attended with risk; dangerous; as, the critical stage of a fever; a critical situation. "Our circumstances are indeed critical .""The small moment, the exact point, the critical minute, on which every good work so much depends."
    • Critical Qualified to criticise, or pass judgment upon, literary or artistic productions. "It is submitted to the judgment of more critical ears to direct and determine what is graceful and what is not."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • critical Involving judgment as to the truth or merit of something; judicial, especially in respect to literary or artistic works; belonging to the art of a critic; relating to criticism; exercised in criticism.
    • critical Having the knowledge, ability, or discernment to pass accurate judgment, especially upon literary and artistic matters.
    • critical Inclined to make nice distinctions; careful in selection; nicely judicious; exact; fastidious; precise.
    • critical Inclined to find fault or to judge with severity; given to censuring.
    • critical Of the nature of a crisis in affairs; decisive; important as regards consequences: as, a critical juncture.
    • critical In medicine, pertaining to the crisis or turning-point of a disease.
    • critical Formed, situated, or tending to determine or decide; important or essential for determining: as, critical evidence; a critical post.
    • critical Being in a condition of extreme doubt or danger; attended with peril or risk; dangerous; hazardous: as, a critical undertaking.
    • critical In mathematics, relating to the coalescence of different values.
    • critical Distinguished by minute or obscure differences: as, critical species in botany.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Critical relating to criticism: discriminating: captious: decisive
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Quotations

  • Christopher Hampton
    Christopher Hampton
    “Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post what it feels about dogs.”
  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman
    “A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.”
  • Lynn M. Little
    Lynn M. Little
    “The easiest thing a human being can do is to criticize another human being.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “The strength of criticism lies in the weakness of the thing criticized.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “People who ask for your criticism want only praise.”
  • Federico Mayor
    Federico Mayor
    “Critical remarks are only made by people who love 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
See Critic (n.) Crisis
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kritikoskrinein, to judge.

Usage

In literature:

There was not a line of autobiography in those pages, and he told his critic so.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
I may now say that my book has run the gauntlet of criticism pretty thoroughly.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
When one comes to speak of the actual contents of these books criticism itself must borrow Gargantua's mouth.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
A few additions may easily be made to the first batch of criticisms.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
And herein lies the origin of criticism.
"The Gate of Appreciation" by Carleton Noyes
During a long voyage, and perhaps in critical circumstances, the moon will often render invaluable information to the sailor.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The extraordinary richness and stateliness of the measure has escaped no critic.
"A History of English Literature" by George Saintsbury
Henceforward Banville's life was steadily devoted to literary production and criticism.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
Whether this may be justly termed a fault depends largely upon what the reader of a critical study demands.
"Gilbert Keith Chesterton" by Patrick Braybrooke
Criticism which is critically given is usually critically received.
"Conversation" by Mary Greer Conklin
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In poetry:

Let Love's and Friendship's tender debt
Be paid by those I love in life.
Why should the unborn critic whet
For me his scalping-knife?
"My Namesake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Dear, damn'd distracting town, farewell!
Thy fools no more I'll tease:
This year in peace, ye critics, dwell,
Ye harlots, sleep at ease!
"Farewell to London" by Alexander Pope
She tells me how with eager speed
He flew to hear my vocal reed;
And how, with critic face profound,
And steadfast ear, devour'd the sound.
"The Dying Kid" by William Shenstone
Torn by temptations, strange and wild -
Hard-hearted critics laugh to scorn
The fate of the "poetic child,"
In rugged, bonnie Scotland born.
"Robert Burns" by Thomas Frederick Young
The stars are out beyond the storms
Which are my kin, and they are cold
And critical, and creep in swarms
To guess what could be never told.
"The Stars " by Thomas MacDonagh
Across the sounding City’s fogs
There hurtled round her weary head
The thunder of the rolling logs;
“The Critics’ Carnival!” she said.
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman

In news:

Asean Human-Rights Pledge Leaves Critics Cool.
During this week's ASEAN summit, Asian leaders fell short of criticizing the rules that ban Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi from participating in the upcoming Burma election.
NoVa's Asian American Pacific Islander Vote Is Critical.
The new musical has received criticism for its casting choices.
The new musical, set in China, has drawn criticism for the lack of Asian and Asian-American actors in the cast.
OSC sets aside suspension, fine for outspoken RIM critic Victor Alboini pending appeal.
How the View from the Critic's Perch Has Changed.
Occhilupo is in South Africa for two events now that prove critical to an unprecedented comeback.
A new book's claims that Richard M Aoki was an FBI informant rely on ambiguous sources, critics say.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S Bernanke testified Tuesday that he can not assure that a critical global benchmark called the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, is reliable.
Film Critic Andrew Sarris, 1928-2012.
With judges looking ever more critically at home foreclosures, they are reaching beyond the bankers to heap some of their most scorching criticism on the lawyers.
Literary criticism is about far more than whether a critic liked or disliked a given book, writes L.A. Times book critic David L Ulin.
0 Literary criticism is about far more than whether a critic liked or disliked a given book, writes L.A. Times book critic David L Ulin.
One of the most critical blood types linked to saving trauma and emergency patients, babies and all types of surgical patients has now reached critically low levels.
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In science:

Our critical scaling analysis strongly indicates that the bond randomness influences the critical universality.
Critical dynamics and universality of the random-bond Potts ferromagnet with tri-distributed quenched disorders
Up to present, the short-time dynamic MC simulations have been successfully performed to estimate the critical temperatures Tc and the critical exponents θ, β , ν and the dynamic exponent z for the various models with second order phase transitions .
Critical dynamics and universality of the random-bond Potts ferromagnet with tri-distributed quenched disorders
In analogy with equilibrium critical phenomena, dynamic critical exponents are universal quantities, that are insensitive to varying details of the dynamic rule.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
Hence the algorithm not only drives the system to criticality and hence the critical points can be estimated but also the physical quantities like magnetization, susceptibility, specific heat, etc can be evaluated.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
A |σ − σc |−η , where σc is critical value and η is critical exponent.
Random-Mass Dirac Fermions in an Imaginary Vector Potential (I): Delocalization Transition and Localization Length
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