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CRITICISM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does criticism mean? 

CRITICISM (noun)
  The noun CRITICISM has 3 senses:

1. disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
2. a serious examination and judgment of something
3. a written evaluation of a work of literature

  Familiarity information: CRITICISM used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRITICISM (noun)


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Meaning:

Disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

criticism; unfavorable judgment

Context example:

the senator received severe criticism from his opponent

Hypernyms ("criticism" is a kind of...):

disapproval (the expression of disapproval)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "criticism"):

static (angry criticism)

slating (a severely critical attack)

rebuke; reprehension; reprimand; reproof; reproval (an act or expression of criticism and censure)

potshot (criticism aimed at an easy target and made without careful consideration)

thrust (verbal criticism)

attack; blast; fire; flack; flak (intense adverse criticism)

carping; faultfinding (persistent petty and unjustified criticism)

brickbat (blunt criticism)

attack (strong criticism)

stricture (severe criticism)


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Meaning:

A serious examination and judgment of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

criticism; critique

Context example:

constructive criticism is always appreciated

Hypernyms ("criticism" is a kind of...):

critical analysis; critical appraisal (an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "criticism"):

examen (a critical study (as of a writer's work))

knock; roast (negative criticism)

self-criticism (criticism of yourself)


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Meaning:

A written evaluation of a work of literature

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

literary criticism; criticism

Hypernyms ("criticism" is a kind of...):

piece of writing; writing; written material (the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "criticism"):

critical review; critique; review; review article (an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play))

analysis (a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed)

new criticism (literary criticism based on close analysis of the text)

textual criticism (comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity)

explication de texte (a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning)


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