- the act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything.
- the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.
- 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.
- a critical comment, article, or essay; critique.
- 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.
- investigation of the text, origin, etc., of literary documents, especially Biblical ones: textual criticism.
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Examples from the Web for criticism
But this was the year when criticism of said women finally got the harsh words it deserved.Renée Zellweger Got a New Face—and Everyone Had An Opinion About It
December 29, 2014
However, the Republican base will be far less forgiving of Paul for his criticism of police policy and his courtship of Sharpton.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Roth responded to the criticism by saying that “Americans do not even know that this country exists.”When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
The clip received heaps of Internet criticism after it went viral, and has since been pulled down from state channels.Hitler is Huge in Thailand: Chicken Joints, T-Shirts, and A Govt.-Issued Propaganda Video
December 10, 2014
American criticism, meanwhile, is blunted by the U.S. need to maintain its major military base in Qatar.U.S. Ally Qatar Shelters Jihadi Moneymen
December 10, 2014
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
I perceive in your eyes, my indulgent spectators, the criticism which you are too kind to utter.Main Street
- the act or an instance of making an unfavourable or severe judgment, comment, etc
- the analysis or evaluation of a work of art, literature, etc
- the occupation of a critic
- a work that sets out to evaluate or analyse
- 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
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