|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.|
|1.||the act or an instance of making an unfavourable or severe judgment, comment, etc|
|2.||the analysis or evaluation of a work of art, literature, etc|
|3.||the occupation of a critic|
|4.||a work that sets out to evaluate or analyse|
|5.||Also called: textual criticism the investigation of a particular text, with related material, in order to establish an authentic text|
the analysis and evaluation of works of art. More subtly, art criticism is often tied to theory; it is interpretive, involving the effort to understand a particular work of art from a theoretical perspective and to establish its significance in the history of art.
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