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.

Primary Meanings of criticism

a serious examination and judgment of something
disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
Full Definitions of criticism

n a serious examination and judgment of something

“constructive criticism is always appreciated”
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

n a written evaluation of a work of literature

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)

n disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings

“the senator received severe criticism from his opponent”
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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