criticism

noun
1 expressing disapproval of sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
bitter, fierce, harsh, heavy, intense, serious, severe, sharp, strident, strong, trenchant
telling

A more telling criticism is that he reduces ethics to interpersonal relationships.

adverse (esp. BrE), damaging (BrE), damning (esp. BrE), hostile (esp. BrE), negative, scathing
fair, just, justifiable, legitimate, valid

She made a number of valid criticisms.

unfair
constructive, helpful (esp. AmE)

Teachers need honest feedback and constructive criticism.

considerable, extensive, widespread
constant
common
basic, fundamental
main, major, substantial
minor
general
direct, explicit, outspoken
implicit, implied
fresh

Two successive defeats have brought fresh criticism.

growing, increasing, mounting
media, press
public
… OF CRITICISM
barrage

The star faced a barrage of criticism for his actions.

VERB + CRITICISM
address, direct, express, level, make, voice

The report levels criticism at senior managers.

attract, be open to, be singled out for, come in for, come under, deserve, draw, face, get, invite, meet with, prompt, provoke, raise (esp. AmE), receive, spark

The government came under fierce criticism for its policies.

The proposal is open to several important criticisms.

Scientists have raised strong criticisms of creationist ideas.

avoid, deflect, escape, forestall

She sought to deflect criticism by blaming her family.

accept, handle, meet, reply to, respond to, take, welcome

He finds it hard to take criticism.

answer, counter, dismiss, reject

She countered my criticisms by saying we had no choice in the matter.

silence
imply

None of what has been said should be taken to imply criticism.

offer

to offer criticism and receive it

CRITICISM + VERB
come from sb

The harshest criticism came from right-wingers.

centre/center on sth

Criticism centred/centered on the lack of information provided.

PREPOSITION
criticism about

The main criticism about the information provided is that it arrives too late.

criticism against

criticisms against the Church

criticism for

They received criticism for continuing to supply the faulty goods.

criticism from

We are bound to face criticism from both sides.

criticism of

There has been serious criticism of the teaching methods used in the school.

criticism over

We came in for some sharp criticism over this decision.

2 of a play, book, film/movie, etc.
ADJECTIVE
practical, textual
academic, art, biblical, cultural, film, historical, literary, music, scientific, social
contemporary
feminist, Marxist, structuralist, etc.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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