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  • a person who appraises or the works of others
  • a specialist in judging works of art
  • one who criticizes; a person who finds fault
  • an opponent
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



CRITIC, n. A person who boasts himself hard to please because nobody
tries to please him.

There is a land of pure delight,
Beyond the Jordan's flood,
Where saints, apparelled all in white,
Fling back the critic's mud.

And as he legs it through the skies,
His pelt a sable hue,
He sorrows sore to recognize
The missiles that he threw.

Orrin Goof

- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



Crit"ic (kr&ibreve;t"&ibreve;k), n. [L. criticus, Gr. kritiko`s, a critic; prop., an adj. meaning able to discuss, from kri`nein to judge, discern. See Certain, and cf. Critique.] 1. One skilled in judging of the merits of literary or artistic works; a connoisseur; an adept; hence, one who examines literary or artistic works, etc., and passes judgment upon them; a reviewer.

The opininon of the most skillful critics was, that nothing finer [than Goldsmith's "Traveler"] had appeared in verse since the fourth book of the "Dunciad."
Macaulay.

2. One who passes a rigorous or captious judgment; one who censures or finds fault; a harsh examiner or judge; a caviler; a carper.

When an author has many beauties consistent with virtue, piety, and truth, let not little critics exalt themselves, and shower down their ill nature.
I. Watts.

You know who the critics are? the men who have failed in literature and art.
Beaconsfield.

3. The art of criticism. [Obs.] Locke.

4. An act of criticism; a critique. [Obs.]

And make each day a critic on the last.
Pope.

Crit"ic, a. Of or pertaining to critics or criticism; critical. [Obs.] "Critic learning." Pope.

Crit"ic, v. i. [Cf. F. critiquer.] To criticise; to play the critic. [Obs.]

Nay, if you begin to critic once, we shall never have done.
A. Brewer.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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