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The word critic comes from the Greek κριτικός (kritikós), "able to discern"[1], which in turn derives from the word κριτής (krités), meaning a person who offers reasoned judgment or analysis, value judgment, interpretation, or observation[2]. The term can be used to describe an adherent of a position disagreeing with or opposing the object of criticism.

Modern critics include professionals or amateurs who regularly judge or interpret performances or other works (such as those of artists, scientists, musicians, or actors), and typically publish their observations, often in periodicals. Critics are numerous in certain fields, including art, music, film, theatre or drama, restaurant, and scientific publication critics.

Critic and genius

The critic is considered to be the psychic inverse of genius.[3] This insight was formulated early by Lessing as "not every critic is a genius, but every genius is born a critic...genius has the proof of all rules within itself." Kant scholar Jane Kneller has read this to indicate that, as opposed to the externally oriented and culturally dependent critic, "genius demonstrates its autonomy not by ignoring all rules, but by deriving the rules from itself."[4]

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References

  1. ^ Kritikos, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, "A Greek-English Lexicon", at Perseus
  2. ^ Krites, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, "A Greek-English Lexicon", at Perseus
  3. ^ The Harvard Crimson, "To be a critic is to trade transcendence in for self-awareness and proficiency—which is not to say that geniuses don’t know what they’re doing...genius involves a sort of freefall, brave, bold and fluent, that most of us aren’t capable of."
  4. ^ Paul Guyer, ed (2003). Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgement: Critical Essays. Rowman and Littlefield. ISBN 0742514196. 

Simple English

A critic is a person who reviews things like movies, books, and food to see if they are any good and if other people would like them. They write reviews about what they have seen or read.

Critics may write about art, music, theatre, books, or anything in which good or bad is a matter of personal opinion.

Criticism usually means saying what is wrong with something. Critics write criticisms in their reviews. They may say good or bad things about what they are reviewing.

The word 'criticism' is often used in general life when someone 'criticizes' someone else (says that what they are doing or have done is not good'). Criticism does not have to be unkind, it can be given in a helpful way. For example, an adjudicator in a music competition may give helpful criticism ('constructive criticism') to the performers so that they can learn from the experience and make their playing better.

The adjective critical usually means criticism that can hurt. 'Critical' also has a different meaning: Someone who is 'critically injured' is in danger of dying from their injuries. A 'critical moment' may be a moment which will show whether something is going to work or not.








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