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critical
used in This Side of Paradise

19 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
don't be so critical
Definition
finding fault and telling others; or tending to have unfavorable opinions
  • You are bound to go up and down, just as I did in my youth, but do keep your clarity of mind, and if fools or sages dare to criticise don't blame yourself too much.
    1.3 — The Egotist Considers (53% in)

There are no more uses of "critical" flagged with this meaning in This Side of Paradise.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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  • He may vary from the disillusioned critic like old Thornton Hancock, all the way to Trotsky.
    2.5 — The Egotist Becomes a Personage (61% in)
  • But Beatrice was critical about American women, especially the floating population of ex-Westerners.
    1.1 — Amory, Son of Beatrice (11% in)
  • Several times he could have sworn that men turned to look at him critically.
    1.2 — Spires and Gargoyles (1% in)
  • By afternoon Amory realized that now the newest arrivals were taking him for an upper classman, and he tried conscientiously to look both pleasantly blase and casually critical, which was as near as he could analyze the prevalent facial expression.
    1.2 — Spires and Gargoyles (3% in)
  • As they pushed out, giving and receiving curious impersonal glances, Amory decided that he liked the movies, wanted to enjoy them as the row of upper classmen in front had enjoyed them, with their arms along the backs of the seats, their comments Gaelic and caustic, their attitude a mixture of critical wit and tolerant amusement.
    1.2 — Spires and Gargoyles (6% in)
  • I have said they had reached a very definite stage—nay, more, a very critical stage.
    1.2 — Spires and Gargoyles (60% in)
  • "Sacred trust, but don't be a critical goopher or you can't go!"
    1.2 — Spires and Gargoyles (69% in)
  • Kerry took the bill and examined it critically.
    1.2 — Spires and Gargoyles (74% in)
  • Besides, I have to think all the time I'm talking to you—you're so critical."
    1.3 — The Egotist Considers (10% in)
  • 'twas this day week, sir, you returned A theme of mine, from which I learned (Through various comment on the side Which you had scrawled) that I defied The highest rules of criticism For cheap and careless witticism....
    1.3 — The Egotist Considers (62% in)
  • But all criticism of ROSALIND ends in her beauty.
    2.1 — The Debutante (16% in)
  • Said I was critical and impractical, you know.
    2.1 — The Debutante (57% in)
  • The critical qualities which had spoiled for each of them a dozen romances were dulled by the great wave of emotion that washed over them.
    2.1 — The Debutante (62% in)
  • He was puzzled and depressed by "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"; intensely interested by "Joan and Peter" and "The Undying Fire," and rather surprised by his discovery through a critic named Mencken of several excellent American novels: "Vandover and the Brute,"
    2.2 — Experiments in Convalescence (46% in)
  • But we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or writer or philosopher—a Roosevelt, a Tolstoi, a Wood, a Shaw, a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away.
    2.2 — Experiments in Convalescence (69% in)
  • You, Tom d'Invilliers, a blighted Shelley, changing, shifting, clever, unscrupulous, represent the critical consciousness of the race—Oh, don't protest, I know the stuff.
    2.2 — Experiments in Convalescence (71% in)
  • Too many voices, too much scattered, illogical, ill-considered criticism.
    2.2 — Experiments in Convalescence (72% in)
  • "It does very well," agreed Amory critically, and then as an after-thought: "It's almost breakfast-time—do you want something to eat?"
    2.4 — The Supercilious Sacrifice (84% in)

There are no more uses of "critical" in This Side of Paradise.

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