Today’s Word: criticism

November 2, 2017     =========

☆  criticism 批判


Criticism is the opposite of praise. A criticism is a statement that expresses disapproval of something or someone. There are a few other words with similar meanings that you might like to add to your vocabulary: fault-finding, bad press, character assassination, and flak (informal). Have you heard of any of these?

Character assassination is an interesting one I think – an assassination is when someone famous or important is murdered. So, when there is a character assassination, it means that someone’s personality or individual qualities are “murdered.” It doesn’t have to be an important or famous person, you can use this word to describe a coworker who might be subject to criticism or a character assassination by others in the company.

When we talk about a character assassination, usually the person saying the criticism is being malicious or mean. On the other hand, many people think that they are being helpful when they offer criticism to someone.