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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 criticized
  • As a dramatic writer, he has been frequently criticized, and cannot be placed in the foremost rank.
  • Conservationists and animal rights advocates have long criticized conditions on the farms and argued for their closure.
  • But many advocacy groups have heavily criticized development of genetically modified crops.
  • They have been praised and criticized, honored and ridiculed, by foes and fans.
  • The fountain, lauded by some for its technological innovation, has also been criticized for clashing with the park's aesthetic.
  • Some also criticized the game for only making characters and worlds available if players had purchased extra figures.
  • But it has also been criticized and even ridiculed for failing to make any predictions that could be checked experimentally.
  • Berry has criticized the environmental movement for separating wilderness from farmland in its conservation campaigns.
  • The older artist criticized these works severely, finding them to be inadequately imagined rather than truthfully observed.
  • Inevitably, the foundation has been criticized as too powerful and insufficiently transparent.
British Dictionary definitions for criticized


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 criticized



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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