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criticism

[krit-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈkrɪt əˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
the act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything.
2.
the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.
3.
the act or art of analyzing and evaluating or judging the quality of a literary or artistic work, musical performance, art exhibit, dramatic production, etc.
4.
a critical comment, article, or essay; critique.
5.
any of various methods of studying texts or documents for the purpose of dating or reconstructing them, evaluating their authenticity, analyzing their content or style, etc.:
historical criticism; literary criticism.
6.
investigation of the text, origin, etc., of literary documents, especially Biblical ones:
textual criticism.
Origin of criticism
1600-1610
First recorded in 1600-10; critic + -ism
Related forms
countercriticism, noun
overcriticism, noun
precriticism, noun
Can be confused
critic, criticism, critique.
Synonyms
2. stricture, animadversion. 4. See review.
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  • I am well aware of the criticism which will at once be passed on what I now advance.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since Charles Francis Adams
  • If criticism of this kind is prohibited the doors of the House might as well be shut.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • I have, however, given due credit to German criticism, when it is sound.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus Wilton Wallace Blancke
  • The two lines are clearly Shakespeare's criticism of himself.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • I perceive in your eyes, my indulgent spectators, the criticism which you are too kind to utter.

    Main Street Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for criticism

criticism

/ˈkrɪtɪˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
the act or an instance of making an unfavourable or severe judgment, comment, etc
2.
the analysis or evaluation of a work of art, literature, etc
3.
the occupation of a critic
4.
a work that sets out to evaluate or analyse
5.
Also called textual criticism. the investigation of a particular text, with related material, in order to establish an authentic text
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Word Origin and History for criticism
n.

c.1600, "action of criticizing," from critic + -ism. Meaning "art of estimating literary worth" is from 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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