criticism

krĭt′ĭ-sĭz″əm

noun

The act of criticizing, especially adversely.

A critical comment or judgment.

The practice of analyzing, classifying, interpreting, or evaluating literary or other artistic works.

A critical article or essay; a critique.

The investigation of the origin and history of literary documents; textual criticism.

The art of judging of and defining the qualities or merits of a thing, especially of a literary or artistic work: as, the rules of criticism.