1remarks that say what you think is bad about someone or something [≠ praise]COLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS strong/severe/harsh criticism widespread criticism (=when a lot of people criticize something) public criticism constructive criticism (=criticism aimed at helping someone improve) direct/level criticism at somebody (=criticize someone) come in for/attract/draw criticism (=be criticized) face criticism accept/take criticism (=accept criticism and learn from it) provoke criticism (=make people criticize something) a storm/barrage of criticism (=a lot of criticism)
2writing which expresses judgments about the good or bad qualities of books, films, music etc:
word choice word choice critic, review, criticism, critique!! Do not usecriticto refer to something that a critic says or writes.Areviewis the usual word for a short article that a critic writes in a newspaper or magazine• His first novel got wonderful reviews.• Have you read the reviews of her play?criticismis the activity of publishing opinions about things such as books and films, or a group of essays, lectures etc on this subject• a collection of literary criticismAcritiqueis a detailed explanation of the problems of something such as a set of political ideas, in the form of a speech, book, article etc• He wrote a critique of capitalism. ➔ See alsocritic
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.