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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
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Examples from the web for criticisms
  • Confusion and criticisms are already swirling amidst excitement over the findings.
  • But shortly after the paper was published, a host of criticisms arose.
  • Industry's criticisms of organics while it lobbies government to destroy it is similar.
  • The criticisms of his studies concluded they were almost entirely without merit.
  • Alright folks, many of your criticisms could also hold true for traditional windmills and solar panels.
  • None of those criticisms fazes the president, though.
  • The article repeats many unfounded criticisms of reform in mathematics education.
  • Your misrepresentation perpetuates many unfounded criticisms of science ie it is entirely dependent on unverified models.
  • And they drew a bounty of letters, laden with readers' prognostications, criticisms and alternative answers.
  • Many of the criticisms were later overturned, but the damage to her reputation was already done.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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