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Daemon
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criterion

(noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.

Synonyms: standard, touchstone, measure

Usage: Their criterion of a good rider is, a man who can manage an untamed colt, or who, if his horse falls, alights on his own feet.
RAJAT SINGH PARAMAR
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criterion
krʌɪˈtɪərɪən/Submit
noun
a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.
"they award a green label to products that meet certain environmental criteria"
synonyms: basis, point of reference, standard, norm, yardstick, benchmark, touchstone, test, formula, measure, gauge, scale, barometer, indicator, litmus test;
RAJAT SINGH PARAMAR
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criterion
krʌɪˈtɪərɪən/Submit
noun
a principle or standard by which something may be judged or decided.
"they award a green label to products that meet certain environmental criteria"
synonyms: basis, point of reference, standard, norm, yardstick, benchmark, touchstone, test, formula, measure, gauge, scale, barometer, indicator, litmus test;
monamagda
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Notes: Today's word was originally a neuter noun in Greek and these nouns sometimes retain their Greek plural ending. Today's word is a case in point; the plural is: criteria (see also phenomenon : phenomena, tetrahedron : tetrahedra).

In Play: Look out for the tendency to use the plural of today's word in the singular (criteria "ARE" not "is"): "The criteria for measuring a good congressman are difficult to define but they definitely include strength of character." Criteria are things we occasionally meet: "The world-famous lion tamer, Claude N. Aiken, fully met Laura Mae's criterion for a husband: he can still breathe."

Word History: Today's Word was copped from Greek kriterion lock, stock, and spelling. The Greek noun comes from another noun, krites "judge, umpire", itself from the verb krinein "to separate, choose, judge". This Greek word has some interesting members of its extended family. The original root was kroi-/krei "to sieve, discern, discriminate". In today's word it appears with the suffix -t but with an -r it emerged in Old English as hridder, which somehow became hriddel, today's riddle in the sense of putting in a lot of holes in something (making it like a sieve). With the common Indo-European suffix -men, it comes up in Latin as crimen "judgment, crime", the source of English crime.

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MelissaMe
Posted: Thursday, November 24, 2016 10:59:19 AM

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Daemon wrote:
criterion

(noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.

Synonyms: standard, touchstone, measure

Usage: Their criterion of a good rider is, a man who can manage an untamed colt, or who, if his horse falls, alights on his own feet.


That usage seems to me to be incorrect. Shouldn't it read "Their criteria of a good rider are . . . ?" Introducing a second criterion with the link word "or" makes it plural, does it not?

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