critic collocations and examples

 UK /ˈkrɪtɪk/

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someone who states their objection to something they disapprove of

Adjectives frequently used with critic
major: chief, leading, major, prominentHe was a prominent critic of the intelligence used before the war.expressing severe criticism: bitter, fierce, harsh, hostile, severe, vehement, worstShe later became a bitter critic of the policy.Even her harshest critics acknowledge that she has handled the crisis with considerable skill.

Usage note

In these combinations the adjective is often in the superlative form: my most severe critic

expressing critical opinions directly and clearly: outspoken, strident, trenchant, vocal, vociferousHe was an outspoken critic of the colonial policies of the period.continuing and determined: long-time, persistent, staunchHe was a persistent critic of conventional thinking.

Verbs frequently used with critic
make people less critical, by dealing with their objections: answer, disarm, silenceThe speech is peppered with attempts to answer his critics.The strength of her track record serves to silence potential critics.make critics less unhappy: appease, mollifyThey did nothing to mollify their critics.persuade people not to be critical: convince, satisfyThe company’s announcement did not convince some critics.prove critics wrong: confound, discredit, prove wrongShe is delighted with the way they are proving the critics wrong.

Usage note

Critic is usually plural in all of the v+N combinations shown above: This latest announcement will do little to appease the regime’s many critics.


someone whose job is to give opinions about books, films etc

Adjectives frequently used with critic
respected: distinguished, eminent, influential, perceptive, prominent, renowned, respectedAn eminent art critic described it all as ’putrid filth ‘.He may be the most perceptive critic writing about jazz today.critic of what: art, cultural, film, literary, music, television, theatreHe works as a publisher, literary critic, and broadcaster.
Verbs frequently used with critic
divide, impress, satisfy, wow informalIt’s a novel which has already divided the critics.Ross Noble has made regular appearances on TV shows and he wowed critics at the Edinburgh Festival.
Verbs that frequently follow critic
when critics praise something: hail something, laud something, praise something, rave informalThe critics hailed her performance as a tour de force.when critics say something is bad: deride something, pan something informal, savage something, slate something informalCritics have panned his latest album.
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