Definition of lower criticism in US English:

lower criticism

noun

  • dated term for textual criticism
    Compare with higher criticism
    • ‘In this way Lower Criticism has dispelled fears of an unreliable text.’
    • ‘‘Higher criticism’ gave the interpretation of Scripture, and ‘lower criticism’ gave the text for that interpretation.’
    • ‘Lower criticism has firmly established that. there are several additions and interpolations in the sacred volume.’

Pronunciation

lower criticism

/ˌlōər ˈkridəsizəm/