- to censure or find fault with.
- to judge or discuss the merits and faults of: to criticize three novels in one review.
- to find fault; judge unfavorably or harshly.
- to make judgments as to merits and faults.
Also especially British, crit·i·cise.
Origin of criticize
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1. condemn, blame. 2. appraise, evaluate.
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Examples from the Web for criticised
It also criticised the lack of official scrutiny of the Duchy's account.Report Published on Prince Charles's Tax Affairs
November 5, 2013
Zhang Ming, a professor of politics at Renmin University, said he had heard that Mr. Xi was criticised by the party elders.China: Xi Jinping Was Under Pressure Before Disappearance
September 15, 2012
As a result, MONUC was criticised by numerous prestigious human rights organizations.The U.N.'s Congo Disaster
July 6, 2010
She had heard of their doing so; heard them criticised with sharp sarcasm.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
His poem "Endymion" was criticised severely in the Quarterly Review.Graded Poetry: Second Year
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
- to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
- to evaluate or analyse (something)
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Word Origin and History for criticised
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