- 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 criticized
He criticized rather than praised the merits of powerful government, but he did so with unequivocal certainty.The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Instead she played herself out, pigeon-holing herself into the very kind of characters she criticized Apatow for writing.It’s Time to Stop Hating Katherine Heigl
November 17, 2014
Either way, he stood out in a country whose media industry is often criticized for its milquetoast manner.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything
November 13, 2014
He has been criticized for calling for revolution without saying what will replace the ancien régime.Russell Brand’s Revolution For Morons
November 2, 2014
A few days ago, he criticized his home state of Alabama for its entrenched prejudice.Tim Cook: Why ‘I’m Gay’ Isn’t Enough
October 30, 2014
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
The use of the terms "fit" and "unfit" in a eugenic sense has been criticized.The Task of Social Hygiene
They criticized the Sans as selfish and lacking in proper class spirit.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore
- to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
- to evaluate or analyse (something)
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Word Origin and History for criticized
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