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English definition of “criticism”


noun [C/U]    /ˈkrɪt·əˌsɪz·əm/
an opinion given about something or someone, esp. a negative opinion, or the activity of making such judgments: [C] It was meant as a suggestion, not a criticism. [U] He was singled out for strong criticism. Criticism is also a careful discussion of something in order to judge its quality or explain its meaning: [U] art criticism
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