Oh my word Critic, Critique

Oh my word Critic, Critique

A critic can make a living out of writing critiques but this could be hard to subsist for a critic because most of the media establishments get the...

A critic can make a living out of writing critiques but this could be hard to subsist for a critic because most of the media establishments get the critiques written by their staff though the quality of critiques could be below standards. Critic and critique are Greek in origin (kritik and kri’ti:k) but are not interchangeable words.

Critic is a person who censures about someone or something. Critic is a professional writer who reviews literary, theatre, artistic, musical works, etc. A person who expresses a low opinion of somebody or something; critic’s job is to point out faults in others. Critic is a person who evaluates and describes the quality of the work.

Critic is an expert analyst or pundit, commentator or reviewer. Often, a teacher and parent could be a good critic of a pupil and child but they have to be tactful in not hurting. Who is the top movie critic in the country? Grandparents may not be the good critics of their grandchildren but the parents can be. The play on ‘Kanyasulkam’ performed on stage got good reviews from critics.

The critics dubbed ‘Lingaa’, the movie, as below average i.e. it got two stars. Derivatives of critic are critical (adjective), go critical (idiom) – when a nuclear reactor reaches a state where a nuclear reaction sustains itself, critically (adverb), criticism (noun), criticise (verb). Who can write a critique on art of contemporary India? Let us approach headhunters for critics.

Critique is a noun meaning a critical essay or analysis of something or someone including books, art works, etc; critical evaluation; an instance or the formal process of formal criticism. Derivatives of critique are critiques, critiqued, critiquing – meaning discuss critically, derived from Greek word – critical art. Critique involves deeper analysis and examination, appraisal and assessment of something.

Vinod Raina the founder of Eklavya which has worked on innovative science-teaching curriculum not only offered critique of existing policies but also offered alternatives. A quote from the blurb of a book written by Prof. Joseph E Stiglitz, Columbia Business School: “The Price of Inequality provides a powerful critique of free-market ideas, but ends hopefully, arguing that ‘another world is possible’.”

Theodore Ziolkowski has written one of the best critiques on Siddharatha the novella written by Hermann Hesse. The critique analyses the structure of the book, its artifice and also offers a symbolic reading of its geography.

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