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 November, Craig Silverman, a former chief deputy district attorney in Denver and talk-show host on the conservative 710 KNUS radio station, said he was fired mid-show after criticizing President Donald Trump. The Denver Post, "The 10 most popular Denver Post stories of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 The court had ruled that her husband, Omoyele Sowore, should be free on bail while awaiting trial on charges of treason, money laundering and, for criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari on television, cyberstalking. Ruth Maclean, New York Times, "Nigeria Cracks Down on a Critic, and a New Jersey Town Pushes Back," 22 Dec. 2019 Managers complaining about decisions after games is nothing new but Real Madrid took the unusual step of criticizing referee Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez and VAR on its website. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "El Clasico fallout: Real Madrid takes aim at referee, VAR," 20 Dec. 2019 Reaction on Twitter was mixed, with some criticizing the singer for not being clear enough in her apology, while others praised her for owning up to her past behavior. cleveland, "Camila Cabello sorry for ‘hurtful language’ after racist social media posts from pop star’s youth surface," 19 Dec. 2019 Generally, Delrahim has not shied from criticizing consent decrees written during the Obama administration. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Why the DOJ Is Investigating Live Nation: The Potential Acquisition of a 'Rival'," 15 Dec. 2019 But environmentalists have criticized a draft of the rule as too weak. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "Click, Click, Emit—The Carbon Cost of Online Shopping," 11 Dec. 2019 Schnatter had already been pushed out as CEO of Papa John's in January 2018 after criticizing the NFL's handling of players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "From stock sales to divorce, Papa John's founder Schnatter has had plenty of plot twists," 6 Dec. 2019 Though the travel article mentioned Che’s brutality, many readers said the piece glorified the rebel leader and didn’t go far enough in criticizing the Communist government. Smithsonian, "December 2019 Discussion," 22 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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30 Dec 2019

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“Criticize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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