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 friends
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- 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.
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
British informal stick, verbal, slagging off, slagging, slating
Australian informal sledge
rare animadversion, objurgation, excoriation, reprobation, arraignment
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
2.1The scholarly investigation of literary or historical texts to determine their origin or intended form.
- 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.
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