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
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.
(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,
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
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.
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.]