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[krit-uh-sahyz] /ˈkrɪt əˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), criticized, criticizing.
to censure or find fault with.
to judge or discuss the merits and faults of:
to criticize three novels in one review.
verb (used without object), criticized, criticizing.
to find fault; judge unfavorably or harshly.
to make judgments as to merits and faults.
Also, especially British, criticise.
Origin of criticize
First recorded in 1640-50; critic + -ize
Related forms
criticizable, adjective
criticizer, noun
criticizingly, adverb
noncriticizing, adjective, noun
overcriticize, verb, overcriticized, overcriticizing.
precriticize, verb (used with object), precriticized, precriticizing.
recriticize, verb (used with object), recriticized, recriticizing.
uncriticizable, adjective
uncriticizably, adverb
uncriticized, adjective
uncriticizing, adjective
uncriticizingly, adverb
well-criticized, adjective
1. condemn, blame. 2. appraise, evaluate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for criticise
Historical Examples
  • He had evinced not the least sign of any disposition even to criticise.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Anybody can criticise music when he knows a tip or two like that.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I was about to travel alone, with no one to criticise what I decided to do.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • It's because they'll let you criticise them as much as you like, an' never lose their temper with you.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Those who know nothing of the facts will be sure to criticise.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • Don't be afraid to criticise if you can suggest improvements.

    Mixed Faces Roy Norton
  • You might criticise his courtesy, but you could not condemn his claret.

    Jack Hinton Charles James Lever
  • I did not want to criticise his motives—but what about getting him back on board at once?

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Then she returned to criticise the table and arrange the name-cards.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Charles is disposed to criticise the conduct of Oswald Langdon.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
British Dictionary definitions for criticise


to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
to evaluate or analyse (something)
Derived Forms
criticizable, criticisable, adjective
criticizer, criticiser, noun
criticizingly, criticisingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for criticise

chiefly British English spelling of criticize; for suffix, see -ize.



1640s, "to pass judgment on something" (usually unfavorable), from critic + -ize. Meaning "to discuss critically" is from 1660s; that of "to censure" is from 1704. Related: Criticized; criticizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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