criticism

noun crit·i·cism \ ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of criticism

1 a : 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 (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.

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Origin and Etymology of criticism


CRITICISM Defined for English Language Learners

criticism

noun

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

criticism

noun crit·i·cism \ ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm \

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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