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.
Also especially British, crit·i·cise.
Origin of criticize
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
First recorded in 1640–50; critic
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British Dictionary definitions for over-criticize
Derived Formscriticizable or criticisable, adjectivecriticizer or criticiser, nouncriticizingly or criticisingly, adverb
- to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
- to evaluate or analyse (something)
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Word Origin and History for over-criticize
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper