What are the meaning, origin and usage of word ‘Critic’?

(pronounced as kri.tuhk)

Meaning: The word critic refers to a person who expresses an unfavourable opinion of something. It is also used to refer to a person who judges the merits of literary or artistic works, especially those who do it professionally.

Origin: The word, which was formerly spelt critick, has been around since the 1580s. It is derived from French critique, from Latin criticus, from Greek kritikos. The meaning of “one who judges merits of books, plays, etc.” is from around 1600. While the root words often have a meaning of “a judge,” the English word has always had the overtones of a “fault-finder.”

Usage:  She is the book critic for the school’s in-house magazine.

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