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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

By criticism, as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant a standard of judging well. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of criticising; a critical judgment passed or expressed; a critical observation or detailed examination and review; a critique; animadversion; censure. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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