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criticize

[krit-uh-sahyz] /ˈkrɪt əˌsaɪz/
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
1640-1650
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
Synonyms
1. condemn, blame. 2. appraise, evaluate.
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  • However, offshore wind has been criticised for being too expensive.
  • But the latter idea has been criticised, which is likely to become more vociferous.
  • Those who do not read criticism will rarely merit to be criticised.
  • We have seen that the criticising instance entertains closer relations with consciousness than the criticised.
  • Other people criticised him for his manner of doing it, but never imitated him.
  • Nurses' coquetting propensities are justly criticised.
  • Some of it commended his proposal, and some criticised it, but none of it questioned its premise.
  • Their shabby corporate governance and their dominance of the economy were widely criticised.
  • Nonetheless, her government's response has been criticised as tardy and ineffective.
  • Those who question it are criticised for not understanding quantum mechanics.
British Dictionary definitions for criticised

criticize

/ˈkrɪtɪˌsaɪz/
verb
1.
to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
2.
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 criticised

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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