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criticism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Criticism  \Crit"i*cism\  (kr?t"?-s?z'm),  n. 
  1.  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. 
 
  The  elements  ofcriticism  depend  on  the  two 
  principles  of  Beauty  and  Truth,  one  of  which  is  the 
  final  end  or  object  of  study  in  every  one  of  its 
  pursuits:  Beauty,  in  letters  and  the  arts;  Truth,  in 
  history  and  sciences.  --Brande  &  C. 
 
  By  criticism,  as  it  was  first  instituted  by 
  Aristotle,  was  meant  a  standard  of  judging  well 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  criticising;  a  critical  judgment  passed  or 
  expressed;  a  critical  observation  or  detailed  examination 
  and  review;  a  critique;  animadversion;  censure. 
 
  About  the  plan  of  ``Rasselas''  little  was  said  by 
  the  critics;  and  yet  the  faults  of  the  plan  might 
  seem  to  invite  severe  criticism.  --Macaulay. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  criticism 
  n  1:  disapproval  expressed  by  pointing  out  faults  or 
  shortcomings;  "the  senator  received  severe  criticism 
  from  his  opponent"  [syn:  {unfavorable  judgment}] 
  2:  a  serious  examination  and  judgment  of  something 
  "constructive  criticism  is  always  appreciated"  [syn:  {critique}] 
  3:  a  written  evaluation  of  a  work  of  literature  [syn:  {literary 
  criticism}] 




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