Meaning of “criticism” in the English Dictionary

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"criticism" in British English

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criticismnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈkrɪt.ɪ.sɪ.zəm/ us /ˈkrɪt̬.ɪ.sɪ.zəm/

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 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 have any constructive (= helpful) criticism of the project, I'd be glad to hear it.

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(Definition of “criticism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"criticism" in American English

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criticismnoun [ C/U ]

us /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

(Definition of “criticism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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