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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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  • During the summer there was proof to be read and illustrations to be criticized.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • This result, however, was considered a desirable one by the majority, but was by some criticized.

    Mary-'Gusta Joseph C. Lincoln
  • "You go a long way round," he criticized his cousin, on a note of impatience.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • The use of the terms "fit" and "unfit" in a eugenic sense has been criticized.

  • They criticized the Sans as selfish and lacking in proper class spirit.

British Dictionary definitions for criticized

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 criticized

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.

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