French, from Greek kritike , the art of criticism, from kritikos, critical
Latin, crtiticus, from adjective, “decisive”, from Greek kritikos, able to discern, critical from kritos, separated, chosen, from krinein, to separate, choose
Greek kriterion, a means for judging, standard from krites, a judge, umpire, from krinein, to separate, choose (Grolier, 1986: 314).
Definition of criticism
The act of making judgments and or criticizing
A passing of unfavorable judgment, censure, disapproval
The art, skill, or profession of making discriminating judgments and evaluation, especially of literary or other artistic works
A review or other article expressing such judgment and evaluation
The detailed investigation of the origin and history of literary documents (Grolier, 1986: 314).
Definition of literary criticism
The practice of describing, interpreting, and evaluating literature (Morner and Rausch, 1998:121)
Definition of cultural criticism
The practice of describing, interpreting, and evaluating culture.
Cultural criticism makes the term culture refer to popular and classic culture. It breaks down the boundary between high and low culture, and discovers the political reason why a cultural product is more valued than others (Smith, ed., 1992: 312-313).