Crit"i*cism (kr?t"?-s?z'm), n.
1. The rules and principles which regulate
the practice of the critic; the art of judging with knowledge and
propriety of the beauties and faults of a literary performance,
or of a production in the fine arts; as, dramatic
The elements ofcriticism depend on the two
principles of Beauty and Truth, one of which is the final end or
object of study in every one of its pursuits: Beauty, in letters
and the arts; Truth, in history and sciences.
Brande & C.
By criticism, as it was first instituted by
Aristotle, was meant a standard of judging well.
2. The act of criticising; a critical
judgment passed or expressed; a critical observation or detailed
examination and review; a critique; animadversion;
About the plan of "Rasselas" little was said by
the critics; and yet the faults of the plan might seem to invite