- 1The expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes: he received a lot of criticism [count noun]: he ignored the criticisms of his friendsMore example sentences
censure, reproval, condemnation, denunciation, disapproval, disparagement, opprobrium, captiousness, fault-finding, carping, cavilling; chastisement, castigation, upbraiding, berating, abuse, vituperation, scolding, chiding; reproofs, remonstrances, broadsides, strictures, admonishments, recriminations, aspersions, slurs, smears• informal nitpicking, knocking, panning, slamming, flak, a bad press, brickbats, knocks, raps, bad notices• archaic contumely
- Indeed, readers have written to the Evening Press expressing these very criticisms.
- I think many of the criticisms expressed here hold a lot of water.
- No criticisms were being made of the Defendants on the basis that they were negligent.
- 2The analysis and judgement of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work: alternative methods of criticism supported by well-developed literary theoriesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1The scholarly investigation of literary or historical texts to determine their origin or intended form.More example sentences
- 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.