- 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.
- 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.
- constructive criticism
- contextual criticism
- destructive criticism
- literary criticism
- New Criticism
- textual criticism
act of criticising
critical review or comment
- “criticism” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
- criticism in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- "criticism" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 84.