criticism

Definitions

  • An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up
    An art critic that has damaged an artist's painting with his pen, begs to not have his art essays cut up
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n criticism a serious examination and judgment of something "constructive criticism is always appreciated"
    • n criticism a written evaluation of a work of literature
    • n criticism disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Michelangelo's Last Judgment, which hangs on the walls of the Sistine Chapel, drew some harsh criticism from one of the Vatican's officials because of the nudity. So Michelangelo made some changes to his work: he painted in the face of the complaining clergyman and added a donkey's ears and a snake's tail.
    • Criticism The act of criticising; a critical judgment passed or expressed; a critical observation or detailed examination and review; a critique; animadversion; censure. "About the plan of “Rasselas” little was said by the critics; and yet the faults of the plan might seem to invite severe criticism ."
    • Criticism The rules and principles which regulate the practice of the critic; the art of judging with knowledge and propriety of the beauties and faults of a literary performance, or of a production in the fine arts; as, dramatic criticism . "The elements of criticism depend on the two principles of Beauty and Truth, one of which is the final end or object of study in every one of its pursuits: Beauty, in letters and the arts; Truth, in history and sciences.""By criticism , as it was first instituted by Aristotle, was meant a standard of judging well."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n 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.
    • n criticism The act of criticizing; discrimination or discussion of merit, character, or quality; the exercise or application of critical judgment.
    • n criticism 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.
    • n criticism A critical judgment; especially, a detailed critical examination or disquisition; a critique.
    • n criticism The critical or Kantian philosophy (which see, under critical).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Criticism the art of judging, esp. in literature or the fine arts: a critical judgment or observation
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Quotations

  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism, and doubt.”
  • John Gray
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    “Generally speaking, when a woman offers unsolicited advice or tries to help a man, she has no idea of how critical and unloving she may sound to him.”
  • Octavio Paz
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    “What distinguishes modern art from the art of other ages is criticism.”
  • Kenneth Tynan
    Kenneth Tynan
    “Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art.”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark -- that is critical genius.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “What a sense of security in an old book which time has criticized for us.”

Idioms

Armchair critic - An armchair critic is someone who offers advice but never shows that they could actually do any better.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. kritikoskrinein, to judge.

Usage

In literature:

My own situation was now more critical than before.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
As no intelligence had been received from the Admiral, the situation of the American army was becoming very critical.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)" by John Marshall
Use the following criticisms by Mr. Carl Van Doren as the basis of a critical judgment of your own.
"Contemporary American Literature" by John Matthews Manly and Edith Rickert
It is not needful to quote other living critics, who may think such prolongation of their severities ungraceful.
"Some Diversions of a Man of Letters" by Edmund William Gosse
Literary criticism and reviews were largely abandoned in favor of lighter and more entertaining material.
"Early Reviews of English Poets" by John Louis Haney
Now, I lay down the following as a general proposition which I think will stand the test of critics, whether they be of the North or South.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
I had occupied a seat behind Miranda and my friend the critic from the commencement.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Emerson criticized Carlyle because Carlyle was not Emerson, just as Carlyle criticized Emerson because he was not Carlyle.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
The critic should frankly analyse; but mostly he does not.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
If I had thought you critical or captious I would have declined the task of corresponding with you.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
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In poetry:

Your "Tam O'Shanter" is very fine,
Both funny, racy, and divine,
From John O'Groats to Dumfries
All critics consider it to be a masterpiece,
And, also, you have said the same,
Therefore they are not to blame.
"Robert Burns" by William Topaz McGonagall
Phernazis is impatient. Misfortune!
Just when he was positive that with "Darius"
he would distinguish himself, and shut the mouths
of his critics, the envious ones, for good.
What a delay, what a delay to his plans.
"Darius" by Constantine P Cavafy
But not before they penetrated through the British square,
Which was a critical moment to the British, I declare,
Owing to the great number of the Arabs,
Who rushed against their bayonets and received fearful stabs.
"The Battle of Abu Klea" by William Topaz McGonagall
'Love, while you were away there came to me —
From whence I cannot tell —
A plaintive lady pale and passionless,
Who bent her eyes upon me critically,
And weighed me with a wearing wistfulness,
As if she knew me well.'
"The Wistful Lady" by Thomas Hardy
turned on his heel. Rough laughter scoured
his reddening neck. The poet roared
"Run home, and take that face that soured
your mother's lovely milk from spite.
Piddle on what you cannot write."
At home alone the critic poured
"Critics Nightwatch" by Gwen Harwood
Tak' warning then, young poets a', by this poor oubit's shame;
Though Pegasus may nicher loud, keep Pegasus at hame.
Oh haud your hands frae inkhorns, though a' the Muses woo;
For critics lie, like saumon fry, to mak' their meals o' you.
"The Oubit" by Charles Kingsley

In news:

The Eastern equine encephalitis risk level has been raised to "critical" in Halifax after an alpaca died Thursday from complications of the mosquito-borne illness.
A critical period of altitude training had begun.
The Hamptons May Lose A Critical Resource Of Hippies And Stoners To Colorado.
After an eight -year break, fans and critics wondered, had Gillian Welch lost her muse.
Critic's pick: Dead Can Dance, ' Anastasis '.
Newspapers criticize USPS' discount deal with Valassis.
Three decades ago, Peter Steinfels offered a fair-minded but critical diagnosis of the neoconservative persuasion (The Neoconservatives, 1979).
Jerry Lawler has angioplasty , in critical but stable condition.
Lions' Ndamukong Suh, on GM's criticism: 'True men' don't speak anonymously .
Center Josh Mann is a critical component of ODU offense.
The singer has posted this picture of herself online, after criticism of her recent weight gain.
Canadian critic Monk (Weird Sex and Snowshoes: And Other Canadian Film Phenomena) presents a curious survey of Joni Mitchell's life and myth, lying somewhere between biography and music criticism.
The job of the regular daily, weekly, or even monthly critic resembles the work of the serious intermittent critic, who writes only when he is asked to or genuinely moved to, in limited ways and for only a limited period of time.
Critic Andrew Sarris dies at 83: Village Voice sage championed auteur theory of film criticism.
We'll talk with Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
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In science:

It has to be noted, however, that in deriving the above result we have neglected the effects of the critical fluctuations, which is justified only if we consider the system at temperatures not too close to the critical point, τ ≫ τg = τ 2/(4−D) .
Griffiths singularity in the random Ising ferromagnet
Since for a critical system, the influence of the randomness on a long scale is what matters, it transpires that the critical behaviour will be affected if the disorder is a relevant variable.
Directed polymers and Randomness
With relevant disorder, there is the obvious possibility of a change in the critical properties (e.g. new set of critical exponents).
Directed polymers and Randomness
Moreover, it is the same power law involving α and ζ , for every critical quantity X no matter what its critical exponent is.
Directed polymers and Randomness
The basic feature of the unzipping transition is that, at a fixed temperature T , the polymers stay in the bound or localized phase if the magnitude of the pulling force, g , is less than the critical force gc (T ), but they can be unbound or unzipped if the pulling force exceeds the critical force.
Unzipping an adsorbed polymer in a dirty or random environment
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