Definition of criticism
1a : the act of criticizing usually unfavorably <seeking encouragement rather than criticism>b : a critical observation or remark <an unfair criticism> <had a minor criticism of the design>c : critique
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 : the scientific investigation of literary documents (as the Bible) in regard to such matters as origin, text, composition, or history
Examples of criticism in a sentence
There was much public criticism directed at the senator.
In this job you need to be able to take criticism.
I asked my sister for some constructive criticism of my essay before I tried to revise it.
I had one minor criticism about her design.
Origin and Etymology of criticism
First Known Use: 1607
CRITICISM Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of criticism for Students
1 : the act of finding fault <His criticism of her decision made her stop and rethink the plan.>
2 : a remark that expresses disapproval <I had only one criticism about his work.>
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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