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crit·i·cal

 (krĭt′ĭ-kəl)
adj.
1. Judging severely and finding fault: a writer who is very critical of the government's foreign policy.
2.
a. Relating to or characterized by criticism; reflecting careful analysis and judgment: a critical appreciation of the filmmaker's work.
b. Of, relating to, or characteristic of critics: a play that received great critical acclaim.
c. Including scholarly commentary and interpretation: a critical edition of Poe's stories.
3.
a. Forming or having the nature of a turning point; crucial or decisive: a critical point in the campaign. See Synonyms at decisive.
b. Medicine Being or relating to a grave physical condition, especially of a patient.
c. Being in or verging on a state of crisis or emergency: a critical shortage of food.
4. Extremely important or essential: a critical element of the plan; a second income that is critical to the family's well-being. See Synonyms at indispensable.
5. Mathematics Of or relating to a point at which a curve has a horizontal tangent line, as at a maximum or minimum.
6. Chemistry & Physics Of or relating to the value of a measurement, such as temperature, at which an abrupt change in a quality, property, or state occurs: A critical temperature of water is 100°C, its boiling point at standard atmospheric pressure.
7. Physics Capable of sustaining a nuclear chain reaction: The reactor has gone critical.

crit′i·cal·ly adv.
crit′i·cal·ness n.

critical

(ˈkrɪtɪkəl)
adj
1. containing or making severe or negative judgments
2. containing careful or analytical evaluations: a critical dissertation.
3. of or involving a critic or criticism
4. of or forming a crisis; crucial; decisive: a critical operation.
5. urgently needed: critical medical supplies.
6. (Medicine) informal so seriously injured or ill as to be in danger of dying
7. (General Physics) physics of, denoting, or concerned with a state in which the properties of a system undergo an abrupt change: a critical temperature.
8. (Nuclear Physics) go critical (of a nuclear power station or reactor) to reach a state in which a nuclear-fission chain reaction becomes self-sustaining
ˈcritically adv
ˈcriticalness n

crit•i•cal

(ˈkrɪt ɪ kəl)

adj.
1. inclined to find fault or to judge severely.
2. occupied with or skilled in criticism.
3. involving or requiring skillful judgment as to truth, merit, etc.
4. of or pertaining to critics or criticism: critical essays.
5. providing textual variants, proposed emendations, etc.: a critical edition of Chaucer.
6. caused by or constituting a crisis: a critical shortage of food.
7. of decisive importance; crucial.
8. of essential importance; indispensable: a critical ingredient.
9. (of a patient's condition) having unstable and abnormal vital signs and one or more unfavorable indicators.
10. Physics.
a. pertaining to a state, value, or quantity at which one or more properties of a substance or system change.
b. of a quantity of fissionable material large enough to sustain a chain reaction.
[1580–90]
crit′i•cal•ly, adv.
crit`i•cal′i•ty, crit′i•cal•ness, n.

critic

critical
1. 'critic'

Critic /'krɪtɪk/ is a noun. A critic is a person who writes reviews and gives opinions in newspapers or on television about books, films, music, or art.

What did the New York critics have to say about the production?
Most critics gave the play a good review.
2. 'critical'

Critical is an adjective with several meanings.

A critical approach to something involves examining and judging it carefully. When critical has this meaning, you use it only in front of a noun.

I was planning a serious critical study of Shakespeare.

If you are critical of someone or something, you show that you disapprove of them. When critical has this meaning, it can be used in front of a noun or after a linking verb.

She apologized for her critical remarks.
His report is highly critical of the judge.

If a person is critical or in a critical condition, they are seriously ill.

Ten of the victims are said to be in a critical condition in hospital.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.critical - marked by a tendency to find and call attention to errors and flaws; "a critical attitude"
unfavorable, unfavourable - not encouraging or approving or pleasing; "unfavorable conditions"; "an unfavorable comparison"; "unfavorable comments", "unfavorable impression"
sarcastic - expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
uncritical - not critical; not tending to find or call attention to errors; "a devoted and almost uncritical admirer"
2.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"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
noncritical - not critical; not at a point of abrupt change
3.critical - characterized by careful evaluation and judgment; "a critical reading"; "a critical dissertation"; "a critical analysis of Melville's writings"
discerning - having or revealing keen insight and good judgment; "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"
scholarly - characteristic of scholars or scholarship; "scholarly pursuits"; "a scholarly treatise"; "a scholarly attitude"
uncritical, noncritical - marked by disregard for critical standards or procedures; "news sources reflected uncritical estimates of the number of juvenile addicts"
4.critical - urgently neededcritical - urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
indispensable - not to be dispensed with; essential; "foods indispensable to good nutrition"
5.critical - forming or having the nature of a turning point or crisis; "a critical point in the campaign"; "the critical test"
crucial, important - of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a crucial issue for women"
6.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"
crucial, important - of extreme importance; vital to the resolution of a crisis; "a crucial moment in his career"; "a crucial election"; "a crucial issue for women"
noncritical, noncrucial - not in a state of crisis or emergency
7.critical - of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim"

critical

adjective
1. crucial, decisive, momentous, deciding, pressing, serious, vital, psychological, urgent, all-important, pivotal, high-priority, now or never The incident happened at a critical point in the campaign.
crucial unimportant
2. grave, serious, dangerous, acute, risky, hairy (slang), precarious, perilous Ten of the injured are said to be in a critical condition.
grave safe, settled, secure
3. disparaging, disapproving, scathing, derogatory, nit-picking (informal), censorious, cavilling, fault-finding, captious, carping, niggling He has apologized for critical remarks he made about the referee.
disparaging approving, complimentary, appreciative, uncritical
4. analytical, penetrating, discriminating, discerning, diagnostic, perceptive, judicious, accurate, precise What is needed is a critical analysis of the evidence.
analytical undiscriminating

critical

adjective
1. Inclined to judge too severely:
2. Characterized by careful and exact evaluation:
3. So serious as to be at the point of crisis or necessary to resolve a crisis:
Translations
إنتِقادي، باحِث عن الأخْطاءاِنْتِقادِيّحَرِج، مُتأزِّم، خَطيرنَقْدي، إنتِقادي، تَحْليلي
kritický
kritisk
kriittinenlabiili
kritičan
kritikaiválságos
aîfinnslusamuralvarlegur; tvísÿnnsem felur í sér gagnrÿni
重大な
비판적중대한
kritičen
kritisk
เกี่ยวกับการวิจารณ์
kritikkusur bulucutenkit edip duranciddieleştirel
then chốt

critical

[ˈkrɪtɪkəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= important) [factor, element] → crítico; [issue] → apremiante; [problem] → muy serio
it is critical to understand what is happeninges de vital importancia entender lo que está ocurriendo
of critical importancede vital importancia
how you finance a business is critical to its successel éxito de un negocio depende de forma crucial de cómo se financie
2. (= decisive) [moment, stage] → crítico
it was a critical time for the nationfue un período crítico para la nación
at a critical junctureen una coyuntura crítica
3. (= perilous, serious) [situation, state] → crítico
4. (Med) [patient, condition, illness] → grave
to be on the critical listestar en la lista de enfermos graves
to be off the critical listestar fuera de peligro
5. (= fault-finding) [attitude, remark, report] → crítico
he's too criticalsiempre está criticando, critica demasiado
to watch sb with a critical eyeobservar a algn con ojo crítico
to be critical of sth/sbcriticar algo/a algn
6. (= analytical) [person, reader, analysis] → crítico
7. (Cine, Literat, Mus, Theat) → crítico
the film met with critical acclaimla película fue aplaudida por la crítica
to be a critical success [book, play etc] → ser un éxito de crítica
8. (Phys, Nuclear physics) [temperature, pressure] → crítico
to go criticalempezar una reacción en cadena
B. CPD critical angle N (Aer, Opt) → ángulo m crítico
critical edition Nedición f critica
critical essays NPLensayos mpl de crítica
critical mass Nmasa f crítica
critical path analysis Nanálisis m inv del camino crítico

critical

[ˈkrɪtɪkəl] adj
(= crucial) [moment, point, factor, decision, role] → crucial(e)
of critical importance → d'une importance capitale, d'une importance cruciale
to be critical to sth [+ success, survival] → être essentiel(le) à qch; [+ future] → être crucial(e) pour qch
(= analytical) [opinion, analysis] → critique; [thinking] → critique; [essay] → critique
(= fault-finding) [person] → critique
a critical remark → une critique
to be critical of sb/sth → critiquer qn/qch
(= acute) [illness] → critique
The patient is in a critical condition.; The patient is critical → Le patient est dans un état critique.

critical

adj
(= fault-finding, discriminating)kritisch; the book was a critical successdas Buch kam bei den Kritikern an; the book met with critical acclaimdas Buch fand Anklang bei den Kritikern or wurde in den Kritiken gelobt; critical reviewsKritiken pl; critical editionkritische Ausgabe; to cast a critical eye over somethingsich (dat)etw kritisch ansehen; to be critical of somebody/somethingjdn/etw kritisieren
(= dangerous, Sci) → kritisch; (= crucial also)entscheidend; (Med) personin kritischem Zustand; it is critical (for us) to understand what is happeninges ist (für uns) von entscheidender Bedeutung zu wissen, was vorgeht; of critical importancevon entscheidender Bedeutung; to be on the critical list (Med) → in kritischem Zustand sein

critical

[ˈkrɪtɪkl] adj (all senses) → critico/a
to be critical of sb/sth → criticare qn/qc, essere critico/a verso qn/qc
at a critical moment → in un momento critico
a critical success (book, play) → un successo di critica

critic

(ˈkritik) noun
1. a person who judges or comments on books, art etc. He is the book critic for the local newspaper.
2. a person who finds fault. His critics would say that he is unsuitable for the job.
ˈcritical adjective
1. judging and analysing. He has written several critical works on Shakespeare.
2. fault-finding. He tends to be critical of his children.
3. of, at or having the nature of, a crisis; very serious. a critical shortage of food; After the accident, his condition was critical.
ˈcritically adverb
ˈcriticize, ˈcriticise (-saiz) verb
1. to find fault (with). He's always criticizing her.
2. to give an opinion of or judgement on a book etc.
ˈcriticism noun

critical

اِنْتِقادِيّ kritický kritisk kritisch κρίσιμος crítico kriittinen critique kritičan critico 重大な 중대한 kritiek kritisk krytyczny crítico критический kritisk เกี่ยวกับการวิจารณ์ kritik then chốt 危急的

crit·i·cal

a. crítico-a; peligroso-a;
___ conditionestado ___, gravedad extrema.

critical

adj crítico
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Dashwood had taken the manuscript, and was turning over the leaves with a pair of rather dirty fingers, and casting critical glances up and down the neat pages.
Each moment, however, pressed upon him a conviction of the critical situation in which he had suffered his invaluable trust to be involved through his own confidence.
There certainly did not seem any harm in his frequenting the society of ladies, with a gallantry that appeared to be forced and a pleasure that to their critical eyes was certainly apocryphal.
Unfortunately (without design, or only with such instinctive design as gives no account of itself to the intellect) Phoebe, just at the critical moment, drew back; so that her highly respectable kinsman, with his body bent over the counter and his lips protruded, was betrayed into the rather absurd predicament of kissing the empty air.
For, thought Starbuck, I am here in this critical ocean to kill whales for my living, and not to be killed by them for theirs; and that hundreds of men had been so killed Starbuck well knew.
Bear in mind, too, that under these untoward circumstances he has to cut many feet deep in the flesh; and in that subterraneous manner, without so much as getting one single peep into the ever-contracting gash thus made, he must skilfully steer clear of all adjacent, interdicted parts, and exactly divide the spine at a critical point hard by its insertion into the skull.
This was a critical time in Jurgis' life, and if he had been a weaker man he would have gone the way the rest did.
As she was also so white as not to be known as of colored lineage, without a critical survey, and her child was white also, it was much easier for her to pass on unsuspected.
If any were per- chance disposed to be jealous and critical before that, they experienced a change of heart, now.
Nothing but my cool behavior at this critical time saved us from another panic.
In a little while familiarity modified their fears and they gave the place a critical and interested exam- ination, rather admiring their own boldness, and won- dering at it, too.
One always fears that the platform may sink under the weight of youthful platitudes uttered on such occasions; yet one can never be properly critical, because the sight of the boys and girls themselves, those young and hopeful makers of to-morrow, disarms one's scorn.