2. The act of criticising; a critical judgment passed or expressed; a critical observation or detailed examination and review; a critique; animadversion; censure.

About the plan of "Rasselas" little was said by the critics; and yet the faults of the plan might seem to invite severe criticism.

(Cri*tique") n. [F. critique, f., fr. Gr. kritikh` (sc. te`chnh) the critical art, from kritiko`s. See Critic.]

1. The art of criticism. [Written also critic.] [R.]

2. A critical examination or estimate of a work of literature or art; a critical dissertation or essay; a careful and thorough analysis of any subject; a criticism; as, Kant's "Critique of Pure Reason."

I should as soon expect to see a critique on the poesy of a ring as on the inscription of a medal.

3. A critic; one who criticises. [Obs.]

A question among critiques in the ages to come.
Bp. Lincoln.

(Cri*tique"), v. t. [Cf. Critic, v.] To criticise or pass judgment upon. [Obs.] Pope.

(Criz"zel) n. [Cf. grizzle darkish gray, or G. griselig gravelly, granular, speckled.] A kind of roughness on the surface of glass, which clouds its transparency. [Written also crizzeling and crizzle.]

(Croak) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Croaked. (krokt); p. pr. & vb. n. Croaking.] [From the primitive of AS. cracettan to croak as a raven; akin to G. krächzen to croak, and to E. creak, crake.]

1. To make a low, hoarse noise in the throat, as a frog, a raven, or a crow; hence, to make any hoarse, dismal sound.

Loud thunder to its bottom shook the bog,
And the hoarse nation croaked.

2. To complain; especially, to grumble; to forebode evil; to utter complaints or forebodings habitually.

Marat . . . croaks with reasonableness.

(Croak), v. t. To utter in a low, hoarse voice; to announce by croaking; to forebode; as, to croak disaster.

The raven himself is hoarse,
That croaks the fatal entrance of Duncan.

Two ravens now began to croak
Their nuptial song.

(Croak), n. The coarse, harsh sound uttered by a frog or a raven, or a like sound.

(Croak"er) n.

1. One who croaks, murmurs, grumbles, or complains unreasonably; one who habitually forebodes evil.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) A small American fish of the Atlantic coast. (a) An American fresh- water fish (Aplodinotus grunniens); — called also drum. (c) The surf fish of California.

When caught these fishes make a croaking sound; whence the name, which is often corrupted into crocus.

(Cro"at) n. [Cf. Cravat.]

  By PanEris using Melati.

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