Definition of criticize
criticizableplay \ˈkri-tə-ˌsī-zə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of criticize in a Sentence
His boss criticized him for his sloppy work habits.
The judge was widely criticized for his verdict.
The editor criticized the author's work as trite.
It seems as though all he ever does is criticize.
Recent Examples of criticize from the Web
County commissioners criticized Sigman for the email, saying they were satisfied with Carter's work.
But some senators are criticizing their colleagues' efforts to bypass public debate about changing immigration law.
So few elected Republicans want to cross him by criticizing him over Russia, much less provoke his anger.
Becerra cited a new law meant to protect Kentucky students' religious freedom that has been criticized as discriminatory toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
As the proposal has languished, several GOP senators have pushed for bipartisan talks and criticized party leaders for excluding Democrats from the beginning.
They have been criticized for playing into anti-Semitic stereotypes, which has been denied by the Hungarian government.
Brown didn’t criticize the legislation on its merits, but said decisions that affect only one city should be made locally instead of at the state level.
One Twitter user criticized ASOS for continuing to use generally homogenous, thin models.
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Synonym Discussion of criticize
CRITICIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of criticize for English Language Learners
: to express disapproval of (someone or something) : to talk about the problems or faults of (someone or something)
: to look at and make judgments about (something, such as a piece of writing or a work of art)
CRITICIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of criticize for Students
1 : to examine and judge
2 : to find fault with
Word Root of criticize
The Greek word kritikos, meaning “able to judge,” gives us the root critic. Words from the Greek kritikos have something to do with judging. A critic is someone who judges the value or quality or something, such as a movie or book. Someone critical makes a lot of judgments and usually decides that things are not good. To criticize is to make a judgment that something is not good.
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