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criticism (n.)

c. 1600, "action of criticizing; a critical remark," from critic + -ism. Meaning "art of estimating literary or artistic worth" is from 1670s. Meaning "inquiry into the history and authenticity of a text" (the sense in higher criticism) is from 1660s.

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Definitions of criticism from WordNet

criticism (n.)
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings;
the senator received severe criticism from his opponent
Synonyms: unfavorable judgment
criticism (n.)
a serious examination and judgment of something;
constructive criticism is always appreciated
Synonyms: critique
criticism (n.)
a written evaluation of a work of literature;
Synonyms: literary criticism
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