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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Critic \Crit"ic\ (kr?t"?k), n. [L. criticus, Gr. ????, a critic;
prop., an adj. meaning able to discuss, from ???? 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Critic \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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Critique \Cri*tique"\ (kr?-t?k"), n. [F. critique, f., fr. Gr.
???? (sc. ????) the critical art, from ?????. 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
through 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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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

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