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textual criticism


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The study of manuscripts or printings to determine the original or most authoritative form of a text, especially of a piece of literature.
  • n. Literary criticism stressing close reading and detailed analysis of a particular text.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity


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