Meaning of criticism

crit•i•cism

Pronunciation: (krit'u-siz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything.
  2. the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.
  3. the act or art of analyzing and evaluating or judging the quality of a literary or artistic work, musical performance, art exhibit, dramatic production, etc.
  4. a critical comment, article, or essay; critique.
  5. any of various methods of studying texts or documents for the purpose of dating or reconstructing them, evaluating their authenticity, analyzing their content or style, etc.: historical criticism; literary criticism.
  6. investigation of the text, origin, etc., of literary documents, esp. Biblical ones: textual criticism.
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