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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Other Words from criticize

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 She was confirmed 55-43. Senate Republicans and their allies cite earlier encounter to preemptively criticize Democrats for making religion an issue. Laura Litvan,, "Democrats Use Supreme Court Fight to Elevate Health Care in Campaign," 9 Oct. 2020 Since coming to power in 2012, Mr. Xi has steadily throttled dissent in China, and he has been especially incensed at wayward party members who criticize his policies. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "China’s ‘Big Cannon’ Blasted Xi. Now He’s Been Jailed for 18 Years.," 22 Sep. 2020 Activists often float balloons into North Korea that carry pamphlets that criticize the leadership. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Kim Jong Un gives younger sister more responsibilities, including overseeing relations with US, South Korea: report," 20 Aug. 2020 The utter devastation has led many, including former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to criticize the decision to use an atomic bomb. Jessie Yeung And Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN, "Japan recognizes dozens more 'black rain' victims as Hiroshima atomic bomb survivors," 30 July 2020 Pat Toomey became the second Republican senator to criticize President Trump’s decision to commute the sentence of his friend and political ally Roger Stone. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Second Republican senator condemns Trump decision to commute Roger Stone sentence," 11 July 2020 Some support, others criticize decision After the statement was released on Phoenix Pride's Facebook, many users commented on the post expressing both approval and disappointment in the organization's statement. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Pride minimizes police presence at upcoming 40th anniversary festival and parade," 9 July 2020 As officers began canceling their shifts, President Trump joined the fray to criticize the district attorney’s decision., "The Latest: Lexington police probe slurs at online meeting," 19 June 2020 The decision prompted employees, including Jason Toff, a product management director with Facebook, to publicly criticize the company's decision. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Facebook employees lash out over company's handling of Trump posts," 1 June 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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14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Criticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 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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