Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

2017 Word of the Year

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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for criticisms
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • He kept it to himself, and heard in silence the criticisms made at the club-windows.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Mrs. Pendarves went to see it, and her criticisms are significant for the taste of the time.

    Handel Edward J. Dent
  • However, even on my verses, speak out your criticisms with equal frankness.

  • I shall have the honour of receiving your criticisms in person at Dunlop.

  • Your criticisms, my honoured benefactress, are truly the work of a friend.

British Dictionary definitions for criticisms

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for criticisms

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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for criticisms

Word Value for criticisms

16
19
Scrabble Words With Friends