Definition of criticism in English:


Line breaks: criti|cism
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪtɪsɪz(ə)m


[mass noun]
  • 2The analysis and judgement of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work: alternative methods of criticism supported by well-developed literary theories
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    • Indeed, philosophy should be a good deal more like literary or artistic criticism than it thinks it is.
    • Jung pointed to the decline over the past years in the fields of Austrian culture and artistic criticism.
    • The internet is a good stage for writers to receive criticism and support, and to improve quickly.
    evaluation, assessment, examination, appreciation, appraisal, analysis, judgement; comment, commentary, interpretation, explanation, explication, elucidation, annotation, notation; opinions, views, observations, pronouncements, remarks, notes
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  • 2.1The scholarly investigation of literary or historical texts to determine their origin or intended form.
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    • Today, we have the tools of historical scholarship, biblical criticism, and science.
    • It is a work of biography and criticism with the drama and sweep of a historical novel.
    • Many students would be happier if poetry was poetry, and criticism was criticism.


early 17th century: from critic or Latin criticus + -ism.

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