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1    the act or an instance of making an unfavourable or severe judgment, comment, etc.  
2    the analysis or evaluation of a work of art, literature, etc.  
3    the occupation of a critic  
4    a work that sets out to evaluate or analyse  
5      (Also called)    textual criticism   the investigation of a particular text, with related material, in order to establish an authentic text  

form criticism  
      n   literary criticism concerned esp. with analysing the Bible in terms of the literary forms used, such as proverbs, songs, or stories, and relating them to their historical forms and background  
  form critic      n  
  form critical      adj  
higher criticism  
      n   the use of scientific techniques of literary criticism to establish the sources of the books of the Bible  
   Compare       lower criticism  
lower criticism  
      n   textual criticism, esp. the study of the extant manuscripts of the Scriptures in order to establish the original text  
   Compare       higher criticism  
new criticism  
      n   an approach to literary criticism through close analysis of the text  
  new critic      n  
  new critical      adj  
textual criticism  
1    the scholarly study of manuscripts, esp. of the Bible, in an effort to establish the original text  
2    literary criticism emphasizing a close analysis of the text  
  textual critic      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    animadversion, bad press, brickbats     (informal)   censure, character assassination, critical remarks, denigration, disapproval, disparagement, fault-finding, flak     (informal)   knocking     (informal)   panning     (informal)   slam     (slang)   slating     (informal)   stick     (slang)   stricture  
2    analysis, appraisal, appreciation, assessment, comment, commentary, critique, elucidation, evaluation, judgment, notice, review  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
Something or someone that becomes the focus of others' criticism or blame
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
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