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textual criticism

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noun
  1. lower criticism.
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Origin of textual criticism

First recorded in 1870–75
Related formstextual critic, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for textual criticism

textual criticism

noun
  1. the scholarly study of manuscripts, esp of the Bible, in an effort to establish the original text
  2. literary criticism emphasizing a close analysis of the text
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Derived Formstextual critic, noun
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