countercriticism

noun

coun·​ter·​crit·​i·​cism ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce countercriticism (audio)
variants or counter-criticism
plural countercriticisms or counter-criticisms
: a criticism made in response to an earlier criticism
I have tried … to exhibit the strengths and weaknesses of each position considered by combining exposition with critical evaluation and countercriticisms from opposing viewpoints. Dale Jacquette
also : the act or practice of making countercriticisms
The authors' explicit criticism of models and data used by other economists provoked swift counter-criticism. Jackie Calmes
The escalation in this conversation is almost inevitable when the response to criticism is countercriticism. Although Hank might have some real concerns, he should raise them at another time so that they can be dealt with as an independent issue. Ellen Wachtel

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of countercriticism was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Countercriticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countercriticism. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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