crit-i-cism / krĭt-ĭ-sĭz-əm
1. the act of expressing disapproval based on perceived flaws or mistakes; censure
Criticism is a study by which men grow important and formidable at very small expense.
Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784
2. a comment expressing disapproval, fault or judgement based on perception
Criticism is something you can avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.
3. a comment of judgement, based on intense scrutiny
The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.
Norman Vincent Peale, 1898 – 1993
4. the analysis and judgement (negative or positive) of literary or artistic work
All authors should prepare to encounter criticism.