1 disapproving
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
bitterly (esp. BrE), deeply, fiercely (esp. BrE), harshly, highly, severely, sharply, strongly

I think you're being overly critical.

a little, slightly, etc.

She became openly critical of party policy.


The report was highly critical of the company's poor safety record.

2 important

Maintaining control of the the budget is absolutely critical for success.


This reorganization is critical to the long-term future of the company.

Critical is used with these nouns: ↑acclaim, ↑accolade, ↑analysis, ↑appraisal, ↑article, ↑assessment, ↑attention, ↑attitude, ↑comment, ↑commentary, ↑component, ↑condition, ↑consciousness, ↑consensus, ↑consideration, ↑controversy, ↑crossroads, ↑detachment, ↑discussion, ↑distance, ↑distinction, ↑edition, ↑element, ↑enquiry, ↑esteem, ↑evaluation, ↑examination, ↑exploration, ↑eye, ↑factor, ↑faculty, ↑feature, ↑feedback, ↑flaw, ↑function, ↑gaze, ↑illness, ↑importance, ↑information, ↑ingredient, ↑insight, ↑issue, ↑judgement, ↑letter, ↑link, ↑literacy, ↑look, ↑mass, ↑milestone, ↑moment, ↑need, ↑overview, ↑part, ↑period, ↑phase, ↑point, ↑praise, ↑reaction, ↑reading, ↑reappraisal, ↑reception, ↑reflection, ↑regard, ↑remark, ↑report, ↑review, ↑role, ↑scrutiny, ↑shortage, ↑situation, ↑stage, ↑stance, ↑step, ↑success, ↑task, ↑test, ↑theory, ↑thinker, ↑thinking, ↑thought, ↑threshold, ↑turning point, ↑understanding, ↑update, ↑voice, ↑vulnerability, ↑work, ↑writing

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