criticism

noun
crit·​i·​cism | \ ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm \

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 (such as the Bible) in regard to such matters as origin, text, composition, or history

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Synonyms for criticism

Synonyms

critique, examen, notice, review

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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.
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Women politicians of color, meanwhile, may face disproportionate criticism because of both race and gender. Anna North, Vox, "America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 Gaetz has been a long-time Trump supporter but has raised his profile with sharp criticism of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign's links to Russian agents in the 2016 presidential election. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump endorses Florida congressman Matt Gaetz with tweet from London," 13 July 2018 Fernando drew national headlines and criticism from Trump during the 2016 presidential race. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Who is in Asia with Emanuel? Campaign donors, lobbyists, developers, business heavyweights," 13 July 2018 Supporters of the writer say his detention illustrates how the Communist Party has grown increasingly willing to flout the rights of foreign citizens to advance its interests and silence criticism. Josh Chin, WSJ, "China Says Australian Writer Is Being Held for Threatening State Security," 24 Jan. 2019 The current machines and Georgia’s registration practices became the subject of national criticism during last year’s governor’s race between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines," 23 Jan. 2019 Huang’s criticism can probably be easily dismissed as hyperbole as clearly the bulk of AMD Radeon and FreeSync users have had no issues. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD's ‘underwhelming’ GPU," 9 Jan. 2019 Such nebulous criticism seems almost of another time—at once totally unfounded, wildly unnecessary, and more than a little sexist. Elizabeth Holmes, Town & Country, "Anne Hathaway Is Nobody's Punching Bag," 8 Jan. 2019 In the past, NRA criticism may have ended both these candidates. German Lopez, Vox, "How the Parkland shooting changed America’s gun debate," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of criticism

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for criticism

critic entry 1 + -ism

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10 Feb 2019

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The first known use of criticism was in 1607

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criticism

noun

English Language Learners Definition of criticism

: 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

noun
crit·​i·​cism | \ ˈkri-tə-ˌsi-zəm \

Kids Definition of criticism

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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