criticize

[krit-uh-sahyz]

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.

Nearby words

  1. criticality,
  2. critically,
  3. criticaster,
  4. criticise,
  5. criticism,
  6. critique,
  7. critique of pure reason,
  8. crittenden compromise,
  9. critter,
  10. crius

Also especially British, crit·i·cise.

Origin of criticize

First recorded in 1640–50; critic + -ize

Related forms
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British Dictionary definitions for criticizer

criticize

criticise

verb

to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
to evaluate or analyse (something)
Derived Formscriticizable or criticisable, adjectivecriticizer or criticiser, nouncriticizingly or criticisingly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for criticizer

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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