(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. judge, connoisseur, expert, reviewer, commentator; censor, censurer. See detraction, taste.
(Roget's IV) n.
1. [One who makes adverse comments]
Syn. faultfinder, carper, caviler, censor, censurer, quibbler, nitpicker, pettifogger, blamer, detractor, slanderer, maligner, complainer, doubter, nagger, fretter, scolder, disapprover, defamer, disparager, captious critic, Monday morning quarterback*, mudslinger*, knocker*, panner*, basher*.
Ant. praiser, believer*, supporter.
2. [One who endeavors to interpret and judge]
Syn. commentator, analyst, analyzer, connoisseur, reviewer, cartoonist, caricaturist, expert, judge, authority, pundit, diagnostic, annotator, master, evaluator, editor, blurb writer; see also connoisseur , examiner , scholar 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
1. reviewer analyst, judge, expositor, connoisseur, authority, expert, arbiter, commentator. ''A legless man who teaches running.''—Channing Pollack. ''Brushers of noblemen's clothes.''—George Herbert
2. faultfinder complainer, *nitpicker, *nagger, carper, censor, detractor, quibbler, belittler, attacker.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun 1. A person who evaluates and reports on the worth of something: commentator, judge, reviewer. See VALUE. 2. A person who finds fault, often severely and willfully: carper, caviler, criticizer, faultfinder, hypercritic, niggler, nit-picker, quibbler. See PRAISE.

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