- 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 criticize
Better, she says, to use local Muslim leaders and others in civil society to criticize militant arguments.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
She refused to criticize the group by name or clarify whether she believed that ethnic Koreans had special privileges.For Top Pols In Japan Crime Doesn’t Pay, But Hate Crime Does
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 26, 2014
It increases the number of people who think, criticize, discuss.Mexico City: Francisco Goldman’s Other Lost Love
September 25, 2014
By demonstrating a willingness to criticize President Obama, often rebuking him for his cozy relationship with Wall Street.The Unsung Heroism of Jesse Jackson
September 7, 2014
Then Stewart turned to criticize Palestinian militants, causing the correspondents to return and yell pro-Palestinian slogans.How Jon Stewart Made It Okay to Care About Palestinian Suffering
July 21, 2014
She was not in any condition to criticize the appearance of another woman.Her Father's Daughter
When they criticize I am annoyed and when they praise I am uneasy.The Harbor
Grammarians may criticize the syntax of the President's message, and the style.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
But it was not Calhoun's function to criticize when it could be avoided.Pariah Planet
Yes, is the reply, and I will criticize you and myself, as well as him.Laws
- to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
- to evaluate or analyse (something)
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Word Origin and History for criticize
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