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

Definition of criticize

intransitive verb

: to act as a critic

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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Other Words from criticize

criticizable \ ˈkri-​tə-​ˌsī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce criticize (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 Kim Kardashian West shares that her eldest will sometimes criticize her home decor when upset over a disagreement. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 12 Oct. 2021 The worst election result in its history has triggered a reckoning for Chancellor Angela Merkel's party, as its members openly criticize its new leader and call for a fundamental reset as Merkel moves toward retirement. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 The reports led to a protest at Toomer’s Corner last Tuesday that drew more than 100 Auburn students and alumni to criticize the assaults and call for more accountability and action by the school. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 Then, Trump declined to criticize Putin and openly dismissed U.S. intelligence about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Madeline Roache, Time, 2 June 2021 After the first employee died, a Pinduoduo hashtag circulated on Weibo with more than 250 million views and thousands of users weighing in to criticize the tech firm’s work culture and wondering if the employee’s overtime hours had led to her death. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, 16 Jan. 2021 Digital Forensic Research Lab showcased a network of social media accounts that had engaged in a campaign to criticize the opposition and promote Mr. Museveni and the governing party, the National Resistance Movement. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2021 Some world leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, used their New Year's addresses to thank citizens for enduring hardship during the lockdown and to criticize those who defied the rules. Arkansas Online, 1 Jan. 2021 Some leaders, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, used their New Year’s address to thank citizens for enduring hardship during the lockdown and criticize those who defied the rules. Frank Jordans And Derek Gatopoulos,, 31 Dec. 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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“Criticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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