- 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.
Origin of criticism
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Related Wordscomment, assessment, review, critique, opinion, judgment, objection, denunciation, essay, notice, elucidation, observation, examination, appraisal, study, appreciation, exposition, rave, commentary, estimate
Examples from the Web for criticisms
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Still, the criticisms have stung, particularly in the age of post-Mitt Romney Mormon mainstreaming.The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison
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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.
- 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 criticisms
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