criticism
noun Date: 1607 1. a. the act of criticizing usually unfavorably <
seeking encouragement rather than criticism
>
b. a critical observation or remark <
an unfair criticism
>
c. critique 2. the art of evaluating or analyzing works of art or literature; also writings expressing such evaluation or analysis <
an anthology of literary criticism
>
3. the scientific investigation of literary documents (as the Bible) in regard to such matters as origin, text, composition, or history

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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