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
HBO later issued a statement criticizing Maher's statements.
Many state governments have criticized the ban as a blow to beef and leather exports that will leave hundreds of thousands jobless and deprive millions of Christians, Muslims and poor Hindus of a cheap source of protein.
For passengers, workers and tabloids that have criticized the industry’s ruthless cost reductions for years, the disruptions seemed to prove that airlines have gone too far.
For passengers, workers and tabloids that have criticized the industry's ruthless cost reductions for years, the disruptions seemed to prove that airlines have gone too far.
Jonathan Turley, a lawyer and professor at the George Washington University Law School, said the District’s courts have long been criticized for their slow pace.
His partner, U.S. white nationalist Richard Spencer, has been criticized for doing the same thing by hate-watch groups such as the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center.
P3s more generally have been criticized for limiting democratic control of public assets.
Mr. Trump has angrily criticized leaks from his government, many of them revealing information that has been embarrassing or politically damaging to him.
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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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