criticism

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noun crit·i·cism \ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of criticism

  1. 1a :  the act of criticizing usually unfavorably seeking encouragement rather than criticismb :  a critical observation or remark an unfair criticism had a minor criticism of the designc :  critique

  2. 2 :  the art of evaluating or analyzing works of art or literature; also :  writings expressing such evaluation or analysis an anthology of literary criticism

  3. 3 :  the scientific investigation of literary documents (such as the Bible) in regard to such matters as origin, text, composition, or history

Examples of criticism in a sentence

  1. There was much public criticism directed at the senator.

  2. In this job you need to be able to take criticism.

  3. I asked my sister for some constructive criticism of my essay before I tried to revise it.

  4. I had one minor criticism about her design.

Origin and Etymology of criticism

1critic + -ism


First Known Use: 1607


CRITICISM Defined for English Language Learners

criticism

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noun crit·i·cism \ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of criticism for English Language Learners

  • : the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing : the act of criticizing someone or something

  • : a remark or comment that expresses disapproval of someone or something

  • : the activity of making careful judgments about the good and bad qualities of books, movies, etc.


CRITICISM Defined for Kids

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noun crit·i·cism \ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm\

Definition of criticism for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of finding fault His criticism of her decision made her stop and rethink the plan.

  2. 2 :  a remark that expresses disapproval I had only one criticism about his work.

  3. 3 :  a careful judgment or review especially by a person whose job is to judge the value, worth, beauty, or quality of something



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