criticalcrit‧i‧cal /ˈkrɪtɪkəl/ ●●○S3W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1MAKING SEVERE JUDGMENTSCRITICIZEcriticizing if you are critical, you criticize someone or somethingcritical of 🔊 Many economists are critical of the government’s economic policies. 🔊 Many parents are strongly critical of the school. 🔊 He made some highly critical remarks.2IMPORTANTIMPORTANTimportant something that is critical is very important because what happens in the futuredepends on it syn crucialcritical to 🔊 These talks are critical to the future of the peace process. 🔊 It is absolutely critical for us to know the truth. 🔊 Foreign trade is of critical importance to the economy.3DANGEROUS/UNCERTAINSERIOUS SITUATIONserious/worrying a critical time or situation is serious and worrying because things might suddenly become much worse 🔊 The fighting has stopped, but the situation is still critical. 🔊 changes that took place during the critical period at the end of the war► see thesaurus at serious4ill so ill that you might die 🔊 He is still in a critical condition in hospital. 🔊 She is in intensive care, where she remains critical but stable.5 →the critical list6MAKING FAIR JUDGMENTSJUDGEmaking judgments making careful judgments about how good or bad something is 🔊 His book provides a critical analysis of the television industry in Britain. 🔊 She looked round the room with a critical eye.7ART/FILM/BOOKS ETCAART/CULTUREart/literatureaccording to critics who give judgments about art, films, theatre, and books 🔊 The book came out last year to great critical acclaim (=critics said it was very good). 🔊 Her first play was a critical success (=critics said it was good).