crit·​i·​cize | \ ˈkri-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce criticize (audio) \
criticized; criticizing

Definition of criticize

transitive verb

1 : to consider the merits and demerits of and judge accordingly : evaluate He asked me to criticize his drawings.
2 : to find fault with : point out the faults of His boss criticized him for his sloppy work.

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criticizable \ ˈkri-​tə-​ˌsī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce criticizable (audio) \ adjective
criticizer noun

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criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions. criticized the police for using violence reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking. reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding. a Senator formally censured by his peers reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction. reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment. condemned the government's racial policies denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration. a pastoral letter denouncing abortion

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In the ad, which comes from the Congressional Leadership Fund, New York City law enforcement officers from Rose’s 11th Congressional District criticize the New York Democrat for marching with Black Lives Matter protesters on Staten Island in June. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "GOP super PAC ad slams Max Rose for marching with Black Lives Matter protesters," 13 Sep. 2020 And can be secure enough in their own talents and know-how and abilities to absorb a few shots from people on the outside who criticize a few mistakes along the way. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Here’s exactly what Real Salt Lake should do to become great again," 12 Sep. 2020 To openly criticize your head coach in the playoffs... Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Do Cleveland Cavaliers regret not drafting Michael Porter Jr. in 2018? Hey, Chris!," 12 Sep. 2020 And Democrats often criticize Trump for the use of his children in government positions and policy negotiations, as well as the financial benefit his family's business has seen from the presidency. Alexandra Jaffe, Star Tribune, "Biden: 'I hope I don't take the bait' in debate with Trump," 10 Sep. 2020 The profile also outlined her support for strict gun control — and her response to those who criticize celebrities for speaking out about issues. Washington Post, "Cardi B’s support for Joe Biden is part of her long history of being politically outspoken," 21 Aug. 2020 In his television interview Friday, Barnes did not criticize Biden's visit to Kenosha. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes says Trump 'virtually celebrated' teen accused of killing 2 protesters in Kenosha," 4 Sep. 2020 Presidents typically don’t criticize their successors at conventions. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "From Biden's speech to calamari, here's how the COVID-era DNC became the best show on TV," 22 Aug. 2020 While disagreeing with Trump, DeWine didn’t directly criticize him. cleveland, "Ohio House Ex-Speaker Larry Householder still looking for legal defense in corruption case: Capitol Letter," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of criticize

1643, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for criticize

critic entry 1 + -ize

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The first known use of criticize was in 1643

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20 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Criticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of criticize

: 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)


crit·​i·​cize | \ ˈkri-tə-ˌsīz How to pronounce criticize (audio) \
criticized; criticizing

Kids Definition of criticize

1 : to examine and judge
2 : to find fault with

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