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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 criticized

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

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Contemporary Examples of criticized

Historical Examples of criticized

  • During the summer there was proof to be read and illustrations to be criticized.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • This result, however, was considered a desirable one by the majority, but was by some criticized.

    Mary-'Gusta

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "You go a long way round," he criticized his cousin, on a note of impatience.

    Scaramouche

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The use of the terms "fit" and "unfit" in a eugenic sense has been criticized.

  • They criticized the Sans as selfish and lacking in proper class spirit.


British Dictionary definitions for criticized

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
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Word Origin and History for criticized

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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