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Definition of criticism noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of expressing disapproval of someone or something and opinions about their faults or bad qualities; a statement showing disapproval The plan has attracted criticism from consumer groups. People in public life must always be open to criticism (= willing to accept being criticized). Ben is very sensitive, he just can't take criticism. to offer someone constructive criticism (= that is meant to be helpful) I didn't mean it as a criticism. criticisms leveled at (= aimed at) journalists criticism of somebody/something There was widespread criticism of the government's handling of the disaster. criticism that… My only criticism of the house is that it is on a main road. opposite praise
  2. 2[uncountable] the work or activity of making fair, careful judgments about the good and bad qualities of someone or something, especially books, music, etc. literary criticism
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