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Criticism, which belongs to the group of words discussed at Crit-, is one of the 117 mis-spellings listed as 'Common difficulties' in the section on 'Spelling' within 'Writing' in UEfAP. It is spelled as here. The '-s-' sound is represented by the letter '-s-' in the lst syllable, and by the letter '-c-' in the second-last syllable.

You will find a discussion of the meaning of criticism at Crit-, and one of the rather different term textual criticism at textual criticism.`