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criticism

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈkrɪt.ɪ.sɪ.zəm/ us    /ˈkrɪt̬-/
B2 the act of saying that something or someone is bad: The designs for the new mosque have attracted widespread criticism. I have a few criticisms to make of/about your speech. the act of giving your opinion or judgment about the good or bad qualities of something or someone, especially books, films, etc.: literary criticism If you've got any constructive (= helpful) criticism of the project, I'd be glad to hear it.
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