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criticize

[krit-uh-sahyz] /ˈkrɪt əˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), criticized, criticizing.
1.
to censure or find fault with.
2.
to judge or discuss the merits and faults of:
to criticize three novels in one review.
verb (used without object), criticized, criticizing.
3.
to find fault; judge unfavorably or harshly.
4.
to make judgments as to merits and faults.
Also, especially British, criticise.
Origin of criticize
1640-1650
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
Synonyms
1. condemn, blame. 2. appraise, evaluate.
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  • Instead of criticising he has in most cases merely described.

  • What right has she, I want to know, to be criticising Sidney Baumann's people?

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • They naturally fell to discussing the men, and to criticising their dancing.

    Novel Notes Jerome K. Jerome
  • The just ground for criticising him is, not that he attempted to do this, but that he faltered by the way.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • On the whole, they refrained from criticising modern times or from exulting their own.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • And then her way of criticising every one to whom we introduce her.

    Rene Mauperin

    Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • If you come to criticising, you will set me doing the same with your methods.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
  • As dinner-giving, and as criticising other people's dinners, she took satisfaction in it.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
British Dictionary definitions for criticising

criticize

/ˈkrɪtɪˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
2.
to evaluate or analyse (something)
Derived Forms
criticizable, criticisable, adjective
criticizer, criticiser, noun
criticizingly, criticisingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for criticising

criticize

v.

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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