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.
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.
- coun·ter·crit·i·cism, noun
- o·ver·crit·i·cism, noun
- pre·crit·i·cism, noun
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How to use criticism in a sentence
Moreno in his Facebook post wrote the file he saw at the police station had copies of his public criticisms of Mariela Castro, including a hashtag that mocked her.Cuban authorities threaten to arrest LGBTQ activist, journalist | Michael K. Lavers | September 17, 2020 | Washington Blade
Oceanside is rethinking the process for hiring a new police chief in the face of criticism from community leaders.
The city changed its policy, after coming under criticism from District Attorney Summer Stephan, and the crime lab manager left the department.Morning Report: Downtown Jail Outbreak Goes From Bad to Worse | Voice of San Diego | September 11, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
By then, authorities’ inaction had already led to widespread criticism.How a Swiss Ski Resort Was Ravaged by Typhoid and Survived | Daniel Malloy | September 9, 2020 | Ozy
That has become even more important at a time when it faces criticism for its initial handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which originated there.
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 | Kevin O’Keeffe | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
However, the Republican base will be far less forgiving of Paul for his criticism of police policy and his courtship of Sharpton.
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 | Asawin Suebsaeng | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Of course, with such a soft-handed approach comes criticism from the Danish right.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists | Scott Beauchamp | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Marlow Stern | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I claim that it contains many errors of fact, and the Higher criticism supports the claim; as we shall see.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
He was professor of oriental languages; his dissertations on various subjects of criticism and antiquity were highly esteemed.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
The socialist reads such criticism as the above with impatient approval.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
Marshal Marmont has been called one of Napoleon's failures, but this criticism is one-sided and unjust.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
But angels and ministers of grace defend us from ministers of religion who essay art criticism!The Portsmouth Road and Its Tributaries | Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for criticism
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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