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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 aboutyourspeech.
the ​act of giving ​youropinion or ​judgment about the good or ​badqualities of something or someone, ​especiallybooks, ​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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criticismnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈkrɪt·əˌsɪz·əm/
an ​opinion given about something or someone, esp. a ​negativeopinion, 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 ​carefuldiscussion of something in ​order to ​judgeitsquality or ​explainitsmeaning: [U] art criticism
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