If you dye your hair bright blue, you're likely to get some criticism from people who just don't understand your personal style. When you're on the receiving end of criticism, you are being judged in a disapproving way.

The noun criticism is most often used to describe negative commentary about something or someone, but it's just as correct to use criticism to mean "an examination or judgment." Critics who review books and movies consider their reviews to be criticism, whether they're positive or negative. So the criticism you receive doesn't have to be all about your faults; it can actually be a pleasant experience.

Definitions of criticism
  1. noun
    a serious examination and judgment of something
    “constructive criticism is always appreciated”
    synonyms: critique
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    a critical study (as of a writer's work)
    knock, roast
    negative criticism
    criticism of yourself
    type of:
    critical analysis, critical appraisal
    an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation
  2. noun
    a written evaluation of a work of literature
    synonyms: literary criticism
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    explication de texte
    a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning
    textual criticism
    comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity
    new criticism
    literary criticism based on close analysis of the text
    a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed
    critical review, critique, review, review article
    an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
    higher criticism
    the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning
    lower criticism
    the study of existing manuscripts of the Scriptures in order to determine the original text
    Masora, Masorah
    a vast body of textual criticism of the Hebrew Scriptures including notes on features of writing and on the occurrence of certain words and on variant sources and instructions for pronunciation and other comments that were written between AD 600 and 900 by Jewish scribes in the margins or at the end of texts
    book review
    a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)
    a short critical review
    an extravagantly enthusiastic review
    type of:
    piece of writing, writing, written material
    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)
  3. noun
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
    “the senator received severe criticism from his opponent”
    synonyms: unfavorable judgment
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    strong criticism
    blunt criticism
    carping, faultfinding
    persistent petty and unjustified criticism
    attack, blast, fire, flack, flak
    intense adverse criticism
    verbal criticism
    criticism aimed at an easy target and made without careful consideration
    rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval
    an act or expression of criticism and censure
    a severely critical attack
    angry criticism
    severe criticism
    aspersion, calumny, defamation, denigration, slander
    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
    riot act
    a vigorous reprimand
    chiding, objurgation, scolding, tongue-lashing
    rebuking a person harshly
    what for
    a strong reprimand
    bawling out, castigation, chewing out, dressing down, earful, going-over, upbraiding
    a severe scolding
    berating, blowing up
    a severe rebuke
    a mild rebuke or criticism
    lecture, speech, talking to
    a lengthy rebuke
    chastening, chastisement, correction
    a rebuke for making a mistake
    admonishment, admonition, monition
    a firm rebuke
    type of:
    the expression of disapproval
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