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Do Ministers deserve no credit for hitting on this critical device?

It was at this critical moment that Cassidy entered from the opposite side of the office.

I should think Mr. Hynes would be too critical to admire Milly.

The best biography of Handel and critical study of his works in English.

There is no doubt that many doors have been opened by critical methods.

The American arrived at the head of the companionway at a critical juncture.

His mother said nothing, but not a move escaped her critical eye.

But the daring intrepidity of the Deal boatmen was not wanting at this critical moment.

But she imagined the clear, critical eyes, their sudden frown or smile.

If you're so critical of my clothes, why don't you come and look after them and me?

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, "censorious," from critic + -al (1). Meaning "pertaining to criticism" is from 1741; medical sense is from c.1600; meaning "of the nature of a crisis" is from 1640s; that of "crucial" is from 1841, from the "decisive" sense in Latin criticus. Related: Criticality (1756; in the nuclear sense, 1950); critically (1650s, "accurately;" 1815, "in a critical situation"). In nuclear science, critical mass is attested from 1940.

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