criticize

[krit-uh-sahyz]
verb (used with object), criticized, criticizing.
1.
to censure or find fault with.
2.
to judge or discuss the merits and faults of: to criticize three novels in one review.
verb (used without object), criticized, criticizing.
3.
to find fault; judge unfavorably or harshly.
4.
to make judgments as to merits and faults.
Also, especially British, criticise.


Origin:
1640–50; critic + -ize

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.
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criticize or criticise (ˈkrɪtɪˌsaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
2.  to evaluate or analyse (something)
 
criticise or criticise
 
vb
 
'criticizable or criticise
 
adj
 
'criticisable or criticise
 
adj
 
'criticizer or criticise
 
n
 
'criticiser or criticise
 
n
 
'criticizingly or criticise
 
adv
 
'criticisingly or criticise
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

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

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.
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Example sentences
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.
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