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[krit-uh-sahyz] /ˈkrɪt əˌsaɪz/
verb (used with object), criticized, criticizing.
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), criticized, criticizing.
to find fault; judge unfavorably or harshly.
to make judgments as to merits and faults.
Also, especially British, criticise.
Origin of criticize
1640-50; critic + -ize
Related forms
criticizable, adjective
criticizer, noun
criticizingly, adverb
noncriticizing, adjective, noun
overcriticize, verb, overcriticized, overcriticizing.
precriticize, verb (used with object), precriticized, precriticizing.
recriticize, verb (used with object), recriticized, recriticizing.
uncriticizable, adjective
uncriticizably, adverb
uncriticized, adjective
uncriticizing, adjective
uncriticizingly, adverb
well-criticized, adjective
1. condemn, blame. 2. appraise, evaluate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for criticise
  • It is the privilege of the critic to criticise as much as of the author to write.
  • People criticise the government and each other with abandon and some gusto.
  • Best to understand something before you criticise it.
  • The printed press still strives to criticise the government, the judiciary is independent, civil society is vibrant.
  • So it is futile either to claim scientific accuracy of the account, or to criticise the apparent lack of it.
  • Churlish as it may be to criticise those who set out to do good, many charities behave as if they were unaccountable.
  • It is more difficult to criticise innovations that have legitimate uses in fighting crime.
  • Anyone who dares criticise it may be prosecuted for sedition.
  • Many criticise the interim government for being too slow.
  • Governments have been reluctant to criticise each other in public, let alone to mete out fines.
British Dictionary definitions for criticise


to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
to evaluate or analyse (something)
Derived Forms
criticizable, criticisable, adjective
criticizer, criticiser, noun
criticizingly, criticisingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for criticise

chiefly British English spelling of criticize; for suffix, see -ize.



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
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