textual criticism


Definition of textual criticism 

1 : the study of a literary work that aims to establish the original text

2 : a critical study of literature emphasizing a close reading and analysis of the text

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First, the textual criticism of the Bible, originating in Germany and spreading throughout the West, undermined the Biblical foundation of Western Christianity. Garland Tucker, National Review, "Quo Vadis? The Philosophical, Spiritual Floundering of Europe in 2017," 21 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of textual criticism

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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