- 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 criticising
In the old days, criticising the Queen's glossy locks would have been a head-removing offense.Kate's Hair Is 'Overdone' Says Former Royal Hairdresser
February 19, 2014
He felt “doubly guilty for criticising the book” when she generously inscribed his copy.Jane Goodall’s Troubling, Error-Filled New Book, ‘Seeds of Hope’
March 26, 2013
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
- to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
- to evaluate or analyse (something)
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Word Origin and History for criticising
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