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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.
Critical is an adjective with several meanings.
If a person is critical or in a critical condition, they are seriously ill.
|Noun||1.||critic - a person who is professionally engaged in the analysis and interpretation of works of art|
art critic - a critic of paintings
literary critic - a critic of literature
music critic - a critic of musical performances
newspaper critic - a critic who writes a column for the newspapers
|2.||critic - anyone who expresses a reasoned judgment of something|
authenticator, appraiser - one who determines authenticity (as of works of art) or who guarantees validity
grader - a judge who assigns grades to something
reviewer, referee, reader - someone who reads manuscripts and judges their suitability for publication
|3.||critic - someone who frequently finds fault or makes harsh and unfair judgments|
nitpicker - someone who makes small and unjustified criticisms
roaster - a harsh or humorous critic (sometimes intended as a facetious compliment); "the honoree gave his roasters as good as he got"
"It's not the critic who counts. Not the man who points out where the strong man stumbled or where the doer of great deeds could have done them better" [Theodore Roosevelt]
"The proper function of the critic is to save the tale from the artist who created it" [D.H. Lawrence]
"A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car" [Kenneth Tynan]
"critic: a person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody tries to please him" [Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary]
"A critic is a bundle of biases held loosely together by a sense of taste" [Whitney Balliet Dinosaurs in the Morning]