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critic +‎ -ism


  • IPA(key): /ˈkɹɪtɪsɪzəm/
  • Hyphenation: crit‧i‧cism
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criticism (countable and uncountable, plural criticisms)

  1. The act of criticising; a critical judgment passed or expressed
    The politician received a lot of public criticism for his controversial stance on the issue.
    • 2019 September 3, David Karpf, “Bret Stephens Compared Me to a Nazi Propagandist in the New York Times. It Proved My Point.”, in Esquire[1]:
      Bret Stephens believed that, by virtue of his comfortable position at the New York Times, he ought to be immune from insult or criticism.
  2. A critical observation or detailed examination and review.
    • 1874, Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd, Barnes & Noble Classics (2005 publication of 1912 Wessex edition), page 276:
      Her attitude was that of a person who listens, either to the external world of sound, or to the discourse of thought. A close criticism might have detected signs proving that she was intent on the latter alternative.
    Synonyms: critique, animadversion, censure

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Further reading[edit]

  • "criticism" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 84.