Sharpen vs Critic - What's the difference?

sharpen | critic |

As a verb sharpen

is (transitive|sometimes|figurative) to make sharp.

As an adjective critic is


As a noun critic is





(en verb)
  • (transitive, sometimes, figurative) To make sharp
  • * (Edmund Burke) (1729-1797)
  • He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
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    * blunt

    Derived terms

    * sharpener



    (wikipedia critic)

    Alternative forms

    * critick (archaic)


    (en noun)
  • A person who appraises the works of others.
  • * Macaulay
  • The opinion of the most skilful critics was, that nothing finer [than Goldsmith's Traveller ] had appeared in verse since the fourth book of the Dunciad.
  • A specialist in judging works of art.
  • One who criticizes; a person who finds fault.
  • * I. Watts
  • When an author has many beauties consistent with virtue, piety, and truth, let not little critics exalt themselves, and shower down their ill nature.
  • An opponent.
  • (an act of criticism)
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Make each day a critic on the last.
  • (the art of criticism)
  • * John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, Chapter 21, page 550
  • And, perhaps, if they were distinctly weighed, and duly considered, they would afford us another sort of logic and critic , than what we have been hitherto acquainted with.


  • (obsolete, ambitransitive) To criticise.
  • * A. Brewer
  • Nay, if you begin to critic once, we shall never have done.


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