All 4 Uses of
- Books, so the damned snobbish critics said, were dishwater.
p. 55..2 (definition 1)critics = people whose job is to share expert judgement
- No wonder books stopped selling, the critics said.
p. 55..3 (definition 1) *
- With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be.
p. 55..7 (definition 2)
- Montag, old men who stay at home, afraid, tending their peanut-brittle bones, have no right to criticize.
p. 100..1 (definition 2) *criticize = give opinions of what is wrong with somethingstandard suffix: The suffix "-ize" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.
(1) (critical as in: critical acclaim) relating to thoughtful judgement of what is good and bad about something -- possibly from people whose job is to share their expert opinions in a given industry
(2) (critical as in: don't be so critical) finding fault and telling others; or tending to have unfavorable opinions