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[krit-uh-siz-uh m] /ˈkrɪt əˌsɪz əm/
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
1600-10; critic + -ism
Related forms
countercriticism, noun
overcriticism, noun
precriticism, noun
Can be confused
critic, criticism, critique.
2. stricture, animadversion. 4. See review. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for criticism
  • But in the criticism or interpretation of literature the writer should be careful to avoid dropping into summary.
  • By removing any real human engagement, they enable us to cultivate our narcissism without the risk of disapproval or criticism.
  • The movie has already sparked criticism from archaeologists and clergy alike.
  • The renewable energy effort comes under criticism because of its expense.
  • Salmon farming has received its share of criticism for being detrimental to the environment.
  • There is a school of criticism that says it shouldn't matter whether a work of art is personal, only that it succeed as art.
  • Simply describing the fact that all parts can be used and how they are used is not criticism.
  • But of course to have found fault reveals the naïve temper of criticism in the late seventies.
  • His criticism of the doctrine was first thrown out in conversation with his father.
  • Here, however, a great social and political event is made the text for his criticism of society.
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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Word Origin and History for criticism

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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