cris-, crit-, cri-

(Greek: to separate; a separating, putting apart; a decision, decide; to judge)

1. Someone who pronounces judgment on any thing or a person; especially, anyone who passes a severe or unfavorable judgment; a censurer, a fault-finder.
2. A person who is skillful in judging the qualities and merits of literary or artistic works or someone who writes about the qualities of such works.
3. A professional reviewer of books, pictures, plays, and the like; also a person who is skilled in textual or biblical criticism.
4. An essay in criticism of a literary work, etc.; a critical notice or review; now referred to as a critique.
1. Given to judging; especially given to adverse or unfavorable criticism; fault-finding, censorious.
2. Involving or exercising careful judgement or observation; nice, exact, accurate, precise, punctual.
3. Occupied with or skillful in criticism.
1. An incompetent or inferior critic.
2. A contemptible or vicious critic.
3. A petty or inferior critic.
British spelling of criticize.
1. The action of criticizing, or passing judgment upon the qualities or merits of anything; especially, the passing of unfavorable judgment; fault-finding, censure.
2. The art of estimating the qualities and character of literary or artistic work; the function or work of a critic.
3. The act of finding fault; censuring; disapproval.
1. To analyze and judge as a critic.
2. To judge disapprovingly; find fault (with); censure.
critique (s) (noun), critiques (pl)
1. An expression that indicates a disapproving analysis or evaluation of a subject, a situation, a literary work, etc.: Shirley wrote a strong critique about the politician who was campaigning to be the mayor of her city.
2. The act of indicating the faults of someone or something in a disapproving way: Joe wrote a critique to the company about the defective workmanship of the man who was sent to repair the electrical equipment in his kitchen.
3. A careful judgment in which a person gives his or her opinion about the good and bad parts of something; such as, a piece of writing or a work of art: The newspaper reporter presented a fair and honest critique about Adam's new novel regarding the life of a refugee family from Africa who were living in California.
A careful analysis of a literary production.
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A criticism of a work of art.
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A judgement regarding someone's behavior.
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1. Serving to distinguish or able to distinguish; said of a mark or symbol to show pronunciation.
2. Indicating a change or modification in something; especially, in the way a printed letter is to be pronounced or stressed.
3. Capable of distinguishing, discerning, or showing a capacity for discerning.
false alarm (s) (noun), false alarms (pl)
1. A loud, repetitive noise that is used to mislead people into thinking that there is a crisis, or a life-threatening situation, when there really is none: The false alarm at the school resulted in firefighters going there for nothing.
2. Something that causes people to wrongly believe that a bad or dangerous thing is going to happen: The report in the news which indicated that the company was going out of business was just another one of those false alarms.
hepatic crisis
A severe pain in the liver.
Excessive criticism; criticism that is unduly severe or about minute (trivial) matters.
To criticize excessively or unduly.
hypertensive crisis
A sudden increase of blood pressure to a very high level associated with vomiting, severe headache, transient blindness, and the rapid deterioration of renal (kidney) function.
hysterical crisis
A hysterical (excessive or uncontrollable emotion) attack, fit, or convulsion.
ocular crisis
The sudden onset of severe ocular pain and photophobia.