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 .
- crit·i·ciz·a·ble, adjective
- crit·i·ciz·er, noun
- crit·i·ciz·ing·ly, adverb
- non·crit·i·ciz·ing, adjective, noun
- o·ver·crit·i·cize, verb, o·ver·crit·i·cized, o·ver·crit·i·ciz·ing.
- pre·crit·i·cize, verb (used with object), pre·crit·i·cized, pre·crit·i·ciz·ing.
- re·crit·i·cize, verb (used with object), re·crit·i·cized, re·crit·i·ciz·ing.
- un·crit·i·ciz·a·ble, adjective
- un·crit·i·ciz·a·bly, adverb
- un·crit·i·cized, adjective
- un·crit·i·ciz·ing, adjective
- un·crit·i·ciz·ing·ly, adverb
- well-crit·i·cized, adjective
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How to use criticize in a sentence
Never criticise a companion's dress, or indeed make any remark whatever upon it.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
It is long, indeed, before education brings men to the point where they can criticise their first explanations of Nature.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Though when they look at my pictures they are always kind and sympathetic and never criticise.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
When he had set down the empty pitcher and drawn his breath, he began to criticise the liquor which it had lately contained.The Fortunes of Nigel | Sir Walter Scott
Las Cases, however, was always ready to criticise Miss Betsy, whose hoydenish ways he could never understand.Napoleon's Young Neighbor | Helen Leah Reed
British Dictionary definitions for criticize
to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
to evaluate or analyse (something)
- criticizable or criticisable, adjective
- criticizer or criticiser, noun
- criticizingly or criticisingly, adverb
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