Meaning of “critic” in the English Dictionary

"critic" in British English

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criticnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkrɪt.ɪk/ us /ˈkrɪt̬.ɪk/

C1 someone who says that they do not approve of someone or something:

Her critics say she is leading the party to disaster.
He's his own worst critic (= he judges himself severely).

B2 someone whose job is to give their opinion about something, especially films, books, music, etc.:

She's a film/theatre critic for the "Irish Times".
The play has been well received by the critics.

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(Definition of “critic” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"critic" in American English

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criticnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkrɪt̬·ɪk/

critic noun [ C ] (JUDGE OF ENTERTAINMENT)

a person whose job is to give an opinion about books, movies, or music and theater performances:

The critics hated it, but it was popular at the box office.

critic noun [ C ] (DISAPPROVING PERSON)

a person who expresses disagreement with something or disapproval of someone:

He has been one of the most outspoken critics of this administration.

(Definition of “critic” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)