What does criticism mean?

Definitions for criticism
ˈkrɪt əˌsɪz əmcrit·i·cism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. criticism, unfavorable judgmentnoun

    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

    "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"

  2. criticism, critiquenoun

    a serious examination and judgment of something

    "constructive criticism is always appreciated"

  3. criticism, literary criticismnoun

    a written evaluation of a work of literature


  1. criticismnoun

    The act of criticising; a critical judgment passed or expressed; a critical observation or detailed examination and review; a critique; animadversion; censure.

    The politician received a lot of public criticism for his controversial stance on the issue.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Criticismnoun

    1.Criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle , was meant a standard of judging well. John Dryden Innocence, Pref.

    Etymology: from critick.

    There is not a Greek or Latin critick who has not shewn, even in the stile of his criticisms, that he was a master of all the eloquence and delicacy of his native tongue. Joseph Addison, Spect.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Criticismnoun

    the rules and principles which regulate the practice of the critic; the art of judging with knowledge and propriety of the beauties and faults of a literary performance, or of a production in the fine arts; as, dramatic criticism

  2. Criticismnoun

    the act of criticising; a critical judgment passed or expressed; a critical observation or detailed examination and review; a critique; animadversion; censure

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'criticism' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2132

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'criticism' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4119

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'criticism' in Nouns Frequency: #782

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of criticism in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of criticism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of criticism in a Sentence

  1. Ayanna Pressley:

    Theyve been to the White House. They talk to people like me, quietly, saying they wish the radical freshmen who get all the magazine covers andall the ink and airtime. Rashida Tlaib and Omar along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., -- have frequently made front page news since joining Congress in January for their controversial statements and policies, as well as for their vocal criticism of the Trump administration. House Democrats set out an ambitious agenda with legislation on the kitchen table priorities that helped them win the majority protecting the Affordable Care Act, imposing new ethics rules while engaging in aggressive oversight of the Trump administration. Their investigations extend well beyond Special Counsel Robert Muellers probeinto Russian interference in the 2016 election as they dig into the presidents business dealings andpush for Trumps tax returns. But with the spotlight comes high-profile setbacks. Democrats splintered over Ocasio-Cortezs climate change proposal and exposed party divisions over Omars comments on Israels treatment of Palestinians. Tlaib stunned some when, on Day One, she told supporters using an expletive that the new majority would impeach Donald Trump. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP Conway said Sunday that the invitation is open to any House Democrats who wants to come to the White House to discuss divisive issues like immigration and border security. Lets try to work together. But we have an unserious Congress that is not coming to the table. And the Republicans failed to do their job when they were in charge, no doubt. And House Democrats now are failing to come together in the House.

  2. Ben Ray Lujan:

    It was with profound sadness that I heard of the passing of Ambassador Wilson, a friend and fellow New Mexican for whom I had deep respect, ambassador Wilson was a devoted patriot who put country and duty before politics and had the courage to speak the truth in the face of extreme criticism.

  3. Darrell Issa:

    You have to recognize that what President Obama represents is an ideology that is antithetical to the ideology of most people in the Republican Party. And I don't think it has anything to do with race, i mean, Hillary (Clinton) represents that kind of ideology also, and they'll say it's because she's a woman. I mean, any guy who represents that kind of ideology is going to evoke exactly the same types of criticism.

  4. Gabriel Sakellaridis:

    The criticism by Mr. Lafazanis toward Mr. Stournaras refers to the period that he was finance minister, obviously, today he is a central banker but there can be and should be political criticism over the period that he was a finance minister.

  5. Triet Nguyen:

    There's a high probability this could happen [in Chicago], particularly under the backdrop of such vocal criticism from the governor.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. abduct
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    • C. embellish
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