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.
The act of criticizing; discrimination or discussion of merit, character, or quality; the exercise or application of critical judgment.
In a restricted sense, inquiry into the origin, history, authenticity, character, etc., of literary documents. Higher criticism concerns writings as a whole; lower criticism concerns the integrity or character of particular parts or passages.