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 After Stefanik was criticized, fellow lawmakers including Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., publicly defended her. Fox News, "ABC News analyst's tweet about GOP lawmaker who sparred with Schiff showed 'blunt sexism,' Watters says," 16 Nov. 2019 The Chicago Tribune Guild, the union that represents newsroom employees and is in contract negotiations with the company, criticized the dividend program. Robert Channick,, "Tribune Publishing begins issuing quarterly dividend with $9 million payout to shareholders," 14 Nov. 2019 The former San Antonio mayor is forging ahead with his campaign, criticizing the traditional Democratic nominating process that make two overwhelmingly white states — Iowa and New Hampshire — the first to weigh in among all 50 states. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Julián Castro didn't make the Democratic debate stage, but he's set to return to Arizona," 14 Nov. 2019 Since Cain went public, other former Oregon Project runners such as Kara Goucher, Amy Yoder Begley and Jackie Areson have come to her defense on social media and criticized Salazar’s training methods. oregonlive, "Ex-Nike Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar: ‘If I was callous or insensitive, I’m sorry.’," 13 Nov. 2019 The move comes after fans criticized the R&B singer for not hugging them during meet and greets. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Summer Walker Cancels 20 Tour Dates Due To Social Anxiety: 'I Can't Finish'," 13 Nov. 2019 But Evers said the lawmakers were punishing Pfaff for sticking up for farmers and publicly criticizing Republicans who control the Legislature for holding back suicide prevention funds. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tony Evers rehires former agriculture secretary ousted by Senate Republicans," 11 Nov. 2019 That's sadly a controversial topic still, especially with Drag Queen Story Hours around the country still being widely criticized. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Nina West Wants Kids, Disney and Everyone In Between to Embrace Drag on Her New Christmas EP," 8 Nov. 2019 So far, Deyjah herself has remained silent on the issue, although her Twitter account has liked several tweets criticizing her dad. Claire Gillespie,, "T.I. Takes His 18-Year-Old Daughter to the Gyno Every Year to 'Check Her Hymen'—and That's So Unnecessary," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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18 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Criticize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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How to pronounce criticize (audio)

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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