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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • She had heard of their doing so; heard them criticised with sharp sarcasm.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • His poem "Endymion" was criticised severely in the Quarterly Review.

  • Plato has criticised this as a marked defect of the Spartan system.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He criticised the whole place with a most commendable frankness.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I. Charles James Lever
  • She did not enter into it at all as a matter to be criticised; they simply belonged to her as they were.

    The Doctor's Family Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  • He pored upon these, turned them over, criticised them, sat secure in them.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • If I wanted anything, I had only to mention it; and no one criticised my conduct, whatever I did.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for criticised


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 criticised



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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