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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 criticize
  • It is far from me to desire to make any particular application of my language or to criticize the conduct of the government.
  • It is unforgivable to criticize your host, or in his presence to criticize his friends.
  • Some people may still criticize what they have been doing.
  • Some conservationists criticize the impact the large constructions have on the marine environment.
  • They yearn for the comfort of ancient rites and criticize the sultan for neglecting ceremonies his father routinely attended.
  • We need to learn from the experience rather than criticize it.
  • Instead of propagating misinformation among non-experts, criticize and scrutinize the information in an academic manner.
  • They cannot criticize the environmental policies of their regimes, because dissent is not tolerated.
  • Unfortunately you chose to criticize my style of writing rather than to make a substantive critique of my arguments.
  • When they speak to the media they criticize the government.
British Dictionary definitions for criticize


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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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