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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a film critic
▪ The review was written by 'The Daily Telegraph’s' film critic.
confound the critics/pundits/experts etc
▪ United’s new striker confounded the critics with his third goal in as many games.
vocal opponent/critic/supporter etc
▪ She was a vocal opponent of the plan.
▪ The Government could breathe a sigh of relief at the disappearance of some of its fiercest critics.
▪ But now city officials find themselves embroiled in a battle with a fierce critic of the law: the Roman Catholic Church.
▪ The Conservatives believe that it would be a major advantage to have Mr Woodhead as a fierce government critic in the Lords.
▪ Its fiercest critics, Jumblatt and Sfeir, have also been approached by the president.
▪ A harsher critic would have gone for the jugular and claimed that this was a blunt reiteration of those dormant adolescent prejudices.
▪ They have been among the United Nations' harshest critics and loudest advocates of reform.
▪ The harshest critics would say that while top executives tried to manage the acquisitions, they forgot to run their companies.
▪ Raoul, for example, had often ended up in the role of unavailable, harsh critic.
▪ He was equally admired by literary critics, such as Southey and De Quincey.
▪ She is learning skills that trial lawyers and literary critics, alike, use.
▪ Morrison clearly enjoyed this foray into the territory of the literary critic.
▪ Koenig, a literary and theater critic, lives in London.
▪ Megill writes not as a literary critic but as a philosophically trained historian of ideas.
▪ Quintilian, the greatest Roman literary critic, said that it added something to the received religion.
▪ Her father was an eccentric, outspoken critic of the government, who was killed by police in 1985.
▪ Next day we lunched with a young politician known as the most outspoken critic of Smith and the government.
▪ From January 1891 it appeared as the Lagos Weekly Record, and was for forty-nine years an outspoken critic of colonialism.
▪ This passage would be followed by one written by a more existentially oriented social critic.
▪ Serious journalists and social critics have an answer, at least so far as news is concerned.
▪ It might seem that adolescents are doomed for ever to be ideological social critics.
▪ Some people think he was the devil incarnate; others think he was a great social critic.
▪ The priest, Gleb Yakunin, long has been a vocal critic and irritant to secular as well as religious authorities.
▪ An increasingly vocal group of critics sees a deep menace, for example, in the Internet.
▪ Sun is campaigning against Microsoft Corp., a vocal critic of the standards plan.
▪ Incidentally, the good art critic should be the reader's friend in refusing to be impressed by art market prices.
▪ Here, in 1989, an exhibit of photographs by the late Robert Mapplethorpe aroused the wrath of art critics in Congress.
▪ Marriage to a middle-aged art critic who has turned dealer.
▪ An art critic also needs a gift for persuasion, perhaps rather more than a head for exposition and argument.
▪ The art critic is thus bound to consider with care what standards of comparison should be used.
▪ Between 1908 and 1912 Ross was art critic on the Morning Post.
▪ Richard Dorment, art critic of the Daily Telegraph, is certainly not impressed.
▪ Any art critic may take such a position, but a historian almost never.
▪ Vincent Canby, the influential New York Times film critic, has died aged 76.
▪ The film has gotten good reviews, but it has scared the wits out of some male film critics.
▪ Today we are a film critic.
▪ After the University of Montpellier he worked first as a film critic, then as a reporter in Paris.
▪ The two day forum will consider, amongst other issues, the current role of the film critic.
▪ Have new television channels, satellite cable etc. made the film critic redundant and fit for an academic existence only?
▪ Unfortunately, Howard Reich, a Chicago music critic, fails to solve the mystery of the pianist's rise and disappearance.
▪ Examiner music critic Philip Elwood is the dean of Bay Area jazz writers.
▪ While hipper contemporaries were playing the clubs the music critics went to, he was making a living playing local pubs.
▪ Is the guy trying to make life difficult for music critics, or what?
▪ Later he became the New Yorker's music critic and went on to be music editor of the Listener.
▪ Leaving behind the familiar phrasings, Coltrane began to produce swirls of sound and visceral shrieks that puzzled and angered music critics.
▪ Bob Halliday, music critic of the Bangkok Post, says it is.
▪ Indeed, his position as Town's theatre critic meant that she was getting some evenings out free as well.
▪ We challenged them to make our theatre critic, Joe Riley, laugh.
▪ Brandon Thomas opted to unveil his Aunt away from London fearful that the capital's theatre critics would tear it to pieces.
▪ Kyl, one of the leading critics of the weapons convention, in effect borrowed from the implementing legislation for the convention.
▪ Worst production of the year, wrote one London critic.
▪ Daley accused critics of the city's Police Department of lying.
▪ Film critic Roger Ebert has a new partner for his movie-review television program.
▪ For five years she was theater critic for the New Yorker.
▪ I didn't think the book was as bad as the critics said it was.
▪ She started as a food critic for a local paper.
▪ The Prime Minister answered his critics in a televised speech.
▪ Given the numbers of the disadvantaged, critics of Treasury ridicule the whole proposal.
▪ He was viewed by critics as being secretive, arrogant and aloof, but supporters described him as progressive and effective.
▪ Protestant critics, looking for a religion denuded of magic, would enlist the Bible on their side.
▪ Serious journalists and social critics have an answer, at least so far as news is concerned.
▪ The Thatcher record since 1979 has been accompanied by a good deal of inflationary rhetoric from both supporters and critics.
▪ There were the critics on the newspapers who had praised the vividness and accuracy of the books.
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.]

  1. The art of criticism. [Written also critic.] [R.]

  2. 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.

  3. A critic; one who criticises. [Obs.]

    A question among critiques in the ages to come.
    --Bp. Lincoln.

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]


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.

  1. n. a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art

  2. anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something

  3. someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments


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 (magazine)

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.

Critic (disambiguation)

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:

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.

Also by Keith Douglass THE CARRIER SERIES: Carrier Viper Strike Armageddon Mode Flame-Out Maelstrom Countdown Afterburn Alpha Strike Arctic Fire Arsenal THE SEAL TEAM SEVEN SERIES: SEAL Team Seven Specter Nucflash Direct Action Firestorm Battleground To my good friend, writing critic, and advisor in all things Navy, Cyndy Mobley.

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.