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crit•i•cal(ˈkrɪt ɪ kəl)
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.
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.
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.
If a person is critical or in a critical condition, they are seriously ill.
|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"
|4.||critical - 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"|
|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"
|7.||critical - of or involving or characteristic of critics or criticism; "critical acclaim"|
grave safe, settled, secure
disparaging approving, complimentary, appreciative, uncritical
it is critical to understand what is happening → es de vital importancia entender lo que está ocurriendo
of critical importance → de vital importancia
how you finance a business is critical to its success → el éxito de un negocio depende de forma crucial de cómo se financie
it was a critical time for the nation → fue un período crítico para la nación
at a critical juncture → en una coyuntura crítica
to be on the critical list → estar en la lista de enfermos graves
to be off the critical list → estar fuera de peligro
he's too critical → siempre está criticando, critica demasiado
to watch sb with a critical eye → observar a algn con ojo crítico
to be critical of sth/sb → criticar algo/a algn
the film met with critical acclaim → la película fue aplaudida por la crítica
to be a critical success [book, play etc] → ser un éxito de crítica
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
a critical remark → une critique
to be critical of sb/sth → critiquer qn/qch