Definition of criticism
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
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.
Recent Examples of criticism from the Web
The ownership group led by Miles Prentice also came under criticism during the Stars' final seasons for failing to improve the fan experience.
But for all his criticisms of current zombie properties, Romero was hugely supportive of the artisans working in that genre.
All these approaches attract international criticism.
An assistant coach texted a link to the video of the criticism to the defensive linemen.
Eric Trump, also a Trump Organization executive, has maintained a relatively low profile; Ivanka Trump has been the object of criticism from some in the base for appearing to want to moderate her father.
He since backed away from that stipulation when Nelson and others, amid criticism from residents, said the players would car pool.
Still, the program has drawn bipartisan criticism when implemented in other states, the Enquirer reported last week.
After news of Yiannopoulos’s book deal broke in December, the publishing house faced massive criticism for giving him a platform, which included author Roxane Gay pulling her upcoming book in protest.
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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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