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.

Nearby words

  1. critical volume,
  2. criticality,
  3. critically,
  4. criticaster,
  5. criticise,
  6. criticize,
  7. critique,
  8. critique of pure reason,
  9. crittenden compromise,
  10. critter

Origin of criticism

First recorded in 1600–10; critic + -ism

Related formscoun·ter·crit·i·cism, nouno·ver·crit·i·cism, nounpre·crit·i·cism, noun

Can be confusedcritic criticism critique Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for criticisms



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



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

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