Notebook, 1993-


Criticism / Criterion

Analysis, Judgment, Censure . . . . Comment, Discussion, Study, Reconstruction, Appraisel [Article, Review, Essay] . . . . Evaluation . . . . Authentication . . . . Merits and Faults

Criterion - A standard of judgment or criticism; an established rule or principle for testing anything . . . . Measure, Touchstone, Test . . . .

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Criticism 1. the act or art of analyzing and judging the quality of something, esp. a literary or artistic work, musical performance, dramatic production, etc. 2. the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding. 3. a critical comment, article, or essay; critique. 4. any of various methods of studying texts or documents for the purpose of dating or reconstructing them, evaluating their authenticity, etc. -Syn. 2. animadversion. 3. See review.

Criticize 1. to make judgments as to merits and faults. 2. to find fault. -v.t. 23. to judge or discuss the merits and faults of. 4. to censure or find fault with. -Syn. 2. cavil, censure. 3. appraise. 4. condemn, blame.

Critique 1. an article or essay criticizing a literary, architectural, or some other work; review. 2. a criticism or critical comment on some problem, subject, etc. [< F < GK kritik(é) the art of criticism, n. use of fem. of kritikós critical; r. critic]

Criterion a standard of judgment or criticism; an established rule or principle for testing anything [< KG kritérion a standard = krit- (verbid s. of krinein to separate, decide) + -érion neut. suffix of means] -Syn. measure, touchstone, test. See standard.

Critic 1. 1 person who judges, evaluates, or criticizes. 2. a person who customarily, as for his occupation, judges the qualities or merits of some class of things, exp. of literary or artistic works, dramatic or musical performances, etc. 3. a person who tends too readily to make captious, trivial, or harsh judgments. 4. Obs. a. criticism. b. critique. [< L critic(us) < GK kritikós skilled in judging [adj.], critic [n.] = krí(nein) (to) separate, decide + -tikos -TIC] -Syn. 2. reviewer, judge, connoisseur.

[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House, 1968.]



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