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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. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for criticised
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  • Cooper criticised Scott's conduct in certain matters with a good deal of severity.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury
  • "Mr. Scott is better with lasso than with rifle," criticised Achang, with a smile.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • I had no suspicion that Irish priests were criticised for little things like that.

    The Charm of Ireland Burton Egbert Stevenson
  • They write a great many essays and verses, which are criticised by their teachers.

    History of Education Levi Seeley
  • Then he was angry with himself for a thought that criticised her.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • What a sense of security in an old book which Time has criticised for us!

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • This position of the United States, which has been so criticised, is liable to be abused to the disadvantage of neutral commerce.

    International Law George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
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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