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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for criticising
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  • It is to his candour, indeed, that we owe our materials for criticising his own proceedings.

  • Instead of criticising he has in most cases merely described.

  • She was actually on the verge of criticising, to Axel, the behaviour of her sisters.

    The Benefactress Elizabeth Beauchamp
  • The just ground for criticising him is, not that he attempted to do this, but that he faltered by the way.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • Every special performer needs the power of criticising the quality and the subject-matter of his own work.

    The Promise Of American Life Herbert David Croly
  • On the whole, they refrained from criticising modern times or from exulting their own.

    Virgin Soil Ivan S. Turgenev
  • A wave of exasperation swept over her—he was criticising her.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • If you come to criticising, you will set me doing the same with your methods.

    Trapped by Malays George Manville Fenn
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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