verb (used with object), crit·i·cized, crit·i·ciz·ing.
- to censure or find fault with.
- to judge or discuss the merits and faults of: to criticize three novels in one review.
verb (used without object), crit·i·cized, crit·i·ciz·ing.
- to find fault; judge unfavorably or harshly.
- to make judgments as to merits and faults.
Also especially British, crit·i·cise.
Origin of criticize
Related formscrit·i·ciz·a·ble, adjectivecrit·i·ciz·er, nouncrit·i·ciz·ing·ly, adverbnon·crit·i·ciz·ing, adjective, nouno·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, adjectiveun·crit·i·ciz·a·bly, adverbun·crit·i·cized, adjectiveun·crit·i·ciz·ing, adjectiveun·crit·i·ciz·ing·ly, adverbwell-crit·i·cized, adjective
First recorded in 1640–50; critic
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Examples from the Web for criticise
Historical Examples of criticise
He had evinced not the least sign of any disposition even to criticise.
Anybody can criticise music when he knows a tip or two like that.
I was about to travel alone, with no one to criticise what I decided to do.
It's because they'll let you criticise them as much as you like, an' never lose their temper with you.
Those who know nothing of the facts will be sure to criticise.
British Dictionary definitions for criticise
Derived Formscriticizable or criticisable, adjectivecriticizer or criticiser, nouncriticizingly or criticisingly, adverb
- to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
- to evaluate or analyse (something)
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Word Origin and History for criticise
chiefly British English spelling of criticize; for suffix, see -ize.
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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