Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A critic is a professional who communicates an assessment and an opinion of various forms of creative works such as art, literature, music, cinema, theater, fashion, architecture, and food. Critics may also take as their subject social or government policy. Critical judgments, whether derived from critical thinking or not, weigh up a range of factors, including an assessment of the extent to which the item under review achieves its purpose and its creator's intention and a knowledge of its context. They may also include a positive or negative personal response.
Characteristics of a good critic are articulateness, preferably having the ability to use language with a high level of appeal and skill. Sympathy, sensitivity and insight are important too. Form, style and medium are all considered by the critic. In architecture and food criticism, the item's function, value and cost may be added components.
Formally, the word is applied to persons who are publicly accepted and, to a significant degree, followed because of the quality of their assessments or their reputation. Influential critics of art, music, theatre and architecture often present their arguments in complete books. One very famous example is John Ruskin's Seven Lamps of Architecture and The Stones of Venice. Critics may base their assessment on a range of theoretical positions. For instance, they may take a Feminist or Freudian perspective.
Unlike other individuals who may editorialize on subjects via web sites or letters written to publications, professional critics are paid to produce their assessment and opinions for print, radio, magazine, television, or Internet companies. When their personal opinion outweighs considered judgment, people who give opinions, whether on current events, public affairs, sports, media or art are often referred to as " pundits" instead of critics.
Critics are themselves subject to competing critics, since the final critical judgment always entails some subjectivity. An established critic can play a powerful role as a public arbiter of taste or opinion. Also, critics or a coordinated group of critics, may award symbols of recognition.
Critic is the official magazine of the Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) of the University of Otago. It is freely available around both the university's campus and selected sites in Dunedin city weekly during term time. Critic is New Zealand's longest-running student newspaper, having been published since 1925. Weekly circulation is 5,000 copies, with an estimated readership of 21,000.
A critic is a person who criticizes, i.e., offers reasoned judgement or analysis, value judgement, interpretation, or observation, while critique, is a systematic inquiry into the conditions and consequences of a concept or set of concepts, and an attempt to understand its limitations.
Critic, Critique, or The Critic or may also refer to:
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1580s, "one who passes judgment," from Middle French critique (14c.), from Latin criticus "a judge, literary critic," from Greek kritikos "able to make judgments," from krinein "to separate, decide" (see crisis). Meaning "one who judges merits of books, plays, etc." is from c.1600. The English word always had overtones of "censurer, faultfinder." \n\nTo understand how the artist felt, however, is not criticism; criticism is an investigation of what the work is good for. ... Criticism ... is a serious and public function; it shows the race assimilating the individual, dividing the immortal from the mortal part of a soul. [George Santayana, "The Life of Reason," 1906]\n
\nA perfect judge will read each work of wit \n
With the same spirit that its author writ;\n
[Pope, "An Essay on Criticism," 1709]
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Critique \Cri*tique"\ (kr[i^]*t[=e]k"), n. [F. critique, f., fr. Gr. kritikh` (sc. te`chnh) the critical art, from kritiko`s. See Critic.]
The art of criticism. [Written also critic.] [R.]
A critical examination or estimate of a work of literature or art; a critical dissertation or essay; a careful and thorough analysis of any subject; a criticism; as, Kant's ``Critique of Pure Reason.''
I should as soon expect to see a critique on the poesy of a ring as on the inscription of a medal.
A critic; one who criticises. [Obs.]
A question among critiques in the ages to come.
n. 1 A person who appraises the works of others. 2 A specialist in judge works of art. 3 One who criticizes; a person who finds fault. 4 An opponent. 5 (obsolete form of critique nodot=yes English) (an ''act'' of criticism) 6 (obsolete form of critique nodot=yes English) (the ''art'' of criticism) vb. (context obsolete ambitransitive English) To criticise.
n. a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art
anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something
someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments
Usage examples of "critic".
Fucking right-wing absurdist theater with its black-robed critic perched up high on the bench.
The American critic, altho he limited himself to the single art of literature, dealt with it at large, not distinguishing between the poets and the masters of prose.
It was cut into a gently rising slope of grass, and critics had complained that it was antiheroic and nearly invisible.
Many critics have attempted to prove that Avellaneda was Aragonese on the basis of this statement, but Martin de Riquer states that it cannot be proved.
Bishop of Assisi is here concerned and not the Bishop of Osimo, as some critics have suggested.
The Aston Martin is a magnificent machine but not particularly renowned for the quietness of its engine: there were carping critics who occasionally maintained that the engines for the David Brown tractor division found their way into the wrong machines.
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New York in meetings with such devoted critics as the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St.
Cambon and his critics in the Convention it was flagrant evidence of a Caesarist plot.
The president rose at noon, breakfasted with cabinet members, lashed out at his critics, shook hands with a Negro, had a steambath, and lunched with Nguyen Cao Dung, the former head of an undisclosed country ostensibly run by the CIA as a nonprofit organization.
With the release of their Journey 1990 chardonnay, they were hailed by wine critics as the proud parents of the finest chardonnay ever produced in the United States, comparable to the finest white wines in the world.
I think many traditional critics would, on the whole, subscribe to, if they were in the habit of making their assumptions explicit.
Traditional critics, in a word, did not welcome the suggestion that they ought to switch their attention from eggs to chickens.
Derrida, and while I do not recommend that you attempt to tackle the whole book at this stage, you could put yourself considerably ahead of many commentators and critics by acquiring a detailed knowledge of the section of the book in which this remark occurs, using the intensive reading technique I describe in the Introduction.
Hence the interest of literary critics in Freudian methods of interpretation.