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
One Twitter user criticized ASOS for continuing to use generally homogenous, thin models.
As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks.
Nemtsov’s allies and family have criticized Russia’s Investigative Committee, which investigates high-profile crimes, for stopping short of studying a possible role of Kadyrov and top Chechen officers.
A jury in Moscow found five men guilty in the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in a trial criticized by his allies as failing to identify who ordered and organized the killing.
But] the true intent of this testimony was to criticize Administrator Pruitt’s evaluation of the BOSC rather than discuss state involvement of EPA rulemaking.
The critic is free to offer her opinion, others are free to criticize her, and the Sun-Times is free to defend her.
But in practice, other medical professionals and families have criticized the change.
Musk has criticized the state's slow moving dream project of a bullet train between San Francisco and Los Angeles, offering his maglev Hyperloop train as an alternative.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'criticize'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
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.
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up criticize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).