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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 criticising
  • Perhaps you should try to actually understand the scientific process before criticising scientists for the way they follow it.
  • Please please try to understand the theory you are criticising.
  • The changes have led to town councillors criticising the county council for not spending taxpayers' money wisely enough.
  • He who is busy criticising the faults of his friends has no friendship in his heart.
  • It did not publish original matter, but confined itself to commenting upon or criticising the works and doings of others.
  • Computer modeling is only as good as the underlying model, so criticising computer modeling is meaningless.
  • So no criticising political correctness here or you will be subject to re-education.
  • The world is so full of people criticising things and finding things wrong with everything.
  • The reviews that are criticising the culture and setting of this film are naive.
  • These days he spends his time criticising the rest of the mutual-fund business.
British Dictionary definitions for criticising


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 criticising



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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