Noun criticism has 3 senses
  1. criticism, unfavorable judgment - disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings; "the senator received severe criticism from his opponent"
    --1 is a kind of disapproval
    --1 has particulars:
     attack; brickbat; faultfinding, carping; fire, attack, flak, flack, blast; thrust; potshot; rebuke, reproof, reproval, reprehension, reprimand; slating; static; stricture
    Derived form: verb criticise1
  2. criticism, critique - a serious examination and judgment of something; "constructive criticism is always appreciated"
    --2 is a kind of critical appraisal, critical analysis
    --2 has particulars: examen; knock, roast; self-criticism
    Derived form: verb criticise1
  3. criticism, literary criticism - a written evaluation of a work of literature
    --3 is a kind of writing, written material, piece of writing
    --3 has particulars:
     explication de texte; textual criticism; new criticism; analysis; review, critique, critical review, review article
    Derived form: verb criticise1