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criticize

[krit-uh-sahyz]
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verb (used with object), crit·i·cized, crit·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to censure or find fault with.
  2. to judge or discuss the merits and faults of: to criticize three novels in one review.
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verb (used without object), crit·i·cized, crit·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to find fault; judge unfavorably or harshly.
  2. to make judgments as to merits and faults.
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Also especially British, crit·i·cise.

Origin of criticize

First recorded in 1640–50; critic + -ize
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

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Related Words for criticize

excoriate, chastise, denounce, chide, blame, censure, castigate, reprimand, blast, condemn, review, scrutinize, trim, rip, slam, rap, skin, reprove, zap, reprehend

Examples from the Web for criticize

Contemporary Examples of criticize

Historical Examples of criticize

  • She was not in any condition to criticize the appearance of another woman.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • When they criticize I am annoyed and when they praise I am uneasy.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Grammarians may criticize the syntax of the President's message, and the style.

  • But it was not Calhoun's function to criticize when it could be avoided.

    Pariah Planet

    Murray Leinster

  • Yes, is the reply, and I will criticize you and myself, as well as him.

    Laws

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for criticize

criticize

criticise

verb
  1. to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
  2. to evaluate or analyse (something)
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Derived Formscriticizable or criticisable, adjectivecriticizer or criticiser, nouncriticizingly or criticisingly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper