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noun criticism pronunciation in British English /ˈkrɪtɪˌsɪz(ə)m/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] comments that show that you think something is wrong or bad
    criticism of:

    He finds criticism of his team’s performance hard to take.

    attract criticism:

    It’s not unusual for politicians to attract criticism.

    fierce/strong criticism:

    Plans for the new road have drawn fierce criticism from local people.

    constructive criticism (=criticism that is intended to be helpful):

    We always welcome constructive criticism.

    1. a.
      [countable] a comment that shows that you think something is wrong or bad
      a valid/fair criticism:

      The report contains many valid criticisms of the current system.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the activity of giving your professional opinion about things such as new books, plays, or films

    literary criticism


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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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