Definition of "criticism" [crit•i•cism]

  • The act of criticizing, especially adversely. (noun)
  • A critical comment or judgment. (noun)
  • The practice of analyzing, classifying, interpreting, or evaluating literary or other artistic works. (noun)
  • A critical article or essay; a critique. (noun)
  • The investigation of the origin and history of literary documents; textual criticism. (noun)
  • The act or an instance of making an unfavourable or severe judgment, comment, etc (noun)

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  • The analysis or evaluation of a work of art, literature, etc (noun)
  • The occupation of a critic (noun)
  • A work that sets out to evaluate or analyse (noun)
  • The investigation of a particular text, with related material, in order to establish an authentic text (noun)

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Use "criticism" in a sentence
  • "Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched, —criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led, —this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society."
  • "My main criticism is that the movie fails to make the distinction between real experiment and thought experiment."
  • "The pursuit of complexity in criticism is one thing, and it is certainly true all critics need not be generalists, hoping one day to reach even that reader of U.S.A. Today."