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
The committee criticized Boeing and the FAA for not mentioning the system’s name.Boeing crashes were the “horrific culmination” of multiple mistakes, House report says | kdunn6 | September 16, 2020 | Fortune
The president frequently claims he took bold action that was criticized.Trump’s ABC News town hall: Four Pinocchios, over and over again | Glenn Kessler | September 16, 2020 | Washington Post
Additionally, a recent National Institutes of Health panel criticized the FDA for its EUA of convalescent plasma without having performed randomized tests.6 questions that must be answered in the race for a vaccine | jakemeth | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Even his defense, which used to be criticized relentlessly, has improved considerably.Everything Should Be On The Table For The Houston Rockets. Even James Harden’s Future. | Chris Herring (email@example.com) | September 14, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
A draft city report also criticizes the department’s data collection practices.
Better, she says, to use local Muslim leaders and others in civil society to criticize militant arguments.
Ever notice that "classy" adults never criticize teenagers for not being "classy"?
Uber recently threatened to use the personal data of a tech journalist to destroy her because she dared criticize them.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
It increases the number of people who think, criticize, discuss.
They began to criticize all sorts of things which they had believed in and reverenced before.Stories That Words Tell Us | Elizabeth O'Neill
"You've got no call to criticize," he went on, as Tony did not answer.Colonial Born | G. Firth Scott
If she sees you want to learn and not to criticize she will become the most delighted, flattering teacher you ever dreamed of.The Library of Work and Play: Housekeeping | Elizabeth Hale Gilman
Their attitude toward the Public was one which you did not criticize, for it seemed to you to be reasonable.Humanly Speaking | Samuel McChord Crothers
The burgess's daughter was refining to an appreciation of the exquisite so rapidly that she could criticize patricians.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete | George Meredith
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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