criticism-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: expression of disapproval

Commentary: CRITICISM[+activity][+communication][+expression][+disapproval]
NOTE: implies a pejorative reaction, a put-down

John ignored the criticisms of his friends.
She received a lot of criticism for her handling of the crisis.
We were surprised by their harsh criticism of Mary.

PropBank: criticism.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: appraisal, analysis

Commentary: CRITICISM[+activity][+communication][+analysis][+appraisal][+helpful]
NOTE: implies appraisal, often helpful or constructive.

Sally's performance benefited from the criticisms of her drama coach.
Bill is looking for some serious art criticism of his paintings.
The students engaged in constructive criticism of each other's work.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: scholarly investigation of literature

Commentary: CRITICISM[+activity][+communication][+investigation][+scholarly][+literature] [+entity][+artifact][+document][+essay][+scholarly][+literary]
NOTE: refers to scholarly research and analysis of literature.

The class covers various methods of criticism according to different literary theories.
This magazine mostly publishes poetry and criticism.
Her thesis is a criticism of the 19th-century Austrian novel.

PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3