precriticism

criticism

[krit-uh-siz-uhm]
noun
1.
the act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything.
2.
the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.
3.
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.
4.
a critical comment, article, or essay; critique.
5.
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.
6.
investigation of the text, origin, etc., of literary documents, especially Biblical ones: textual criticism.

Origin:
1600–10; critic + -ism

countercriticism, noun
overcriticism, noun
precriticism, noun

critic, criticism, critique.


2. stricture, animadversion. 4. See review.
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criticism (ˈkrɪtɪˌsɪzəm)
 
n
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

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