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criticism

crit·i·cism

criticism

 
 
pronunciation:
krI tih sih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of making judgments or criticizing.
There was much criticism of the President.
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synonyms:
judgment
similar words:
complaint, evaluation
definition 2: the result of such an act.
The President carefully answered the criticism.
synonyms:
critique
similar words:
assessment, complaint, review
definition 3: the art of making skilled and detailed observations on literary, artistic, or scholarly works.
literary criticism
similar words:
analysis
definition 4: an unfavorable or negative judgment or evaluation.
His criticism of the school was that it favored athleticism over academics.
antonyms:
compliment, praise
similar words:
objection
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-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.