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English noun: criticism

1. criticism (communication) disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

SamplesThe senator received severe criticism from his opponent.

Synonymsunfavorable judgment

Broader (hypernym)disapproval

Narrower (hyponym)attack, attack, blast, brickbat, carping, faultfinding, fire, flack, flak, potshot, rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval, slating, static, stricture, thrust

2. criticism (cognition) a serious examination and judgment of something

SamplesConstructive criticism is always appreciated.


Broader (hypernym)critical analysis, critical appraisal

Narrower (hyponym)examen, knock, roast, self-criticism

3. criticism (communication) a written evaluation of a work of literature

Synonymsliterary criticism

Broader (hypernym)piece of writing, writing, written material

Narrower (hyponym)analysis, critical review, critique, explication de texte, new criticism, review, review article, textual criticism

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