Etymology
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criterion (n.)

"a standard of judgment or criticism, rule by which opinion or conduct can be tested," 1660s, from Latinized form of Greek kriterion "means for judging, standard," from krites "judge," from PIE root *krei- "to sieve," thus "discriminate, distinguish." Used in English as a Greek word from 1610s.

updated on May 18, 2018

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