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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.
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 criticizing
  • But things heated up again shortly thereafter as scientists and bloggers began criticizing the research.
  • Maybe if you stop whining and criticizing others, the world will become better place.
  • Specially if you are criticizing other commentator's free and honest opinion.
  • Before you begin criticizing, you might actually attempt to understand what evolution is and how it works.
  • Best to have a clue what you are talking about before criticizing others.
  • They should better set an example of their own philanthropic activity before criticizing others' actions.
  • It's so easy to be the critic when you have no idea how to be actually do the thing you are criticizing.
  • But that still seems to be the fault of the government official and not something you should be criticizing scientists for.
  • Some posters are criticizing the always switch rule by covertly appealing to specific cases where it loses.
  • Many of these are now criticizing exactly the same thing.
British Dictionary definitions for criticizing


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 criticizing



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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