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 Some state attorneys general and lawyers for local governments criticized it at the time. Washington Post, "Opioid settlement still elusive as some lawyers criticize it," 22 Feb. 2020 He was also forced to respond to the Culinary Workers Union criticizing him for wanting to supplant their private health insurance with Medicare-for-all. Author: Aaron Blake, Anchorage Daily News, "Analysis: Winners and losers from the Democratic debate in Las Vegas," 20 Feb. 2020 Netanyahu responded to Gantz’s remarks by criticizing him without directly addressing the trial. Josef Federman,, "Netanyahu trial clouds last days of Israel election campaign," 18 Feb. 2020 The response was unusual for Trump, who rarely shies from punching back against those who criticize him – even if those people are members of his Cabinet. John Fritze, USA TODAY, "Trump praises embattled Attorney General William Barr, says 'I do make his job harder'," 18 Feb. 2020 And many people have criticized him heavily for that, because after all, Libya just seems to get worse and worse with the Turks backing the other side. CBS News, "Transcript: Robert Worth talks with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 12 Feb. 2020 That hasn’t stopped Trump from criticizing the policies and noting, in bloody detail, certain cases where immigrants in the U.S. illegally have committed crimes. oregonlive, "Feds sue New Jersey and King County over sanctuary policies similar to those in Oregon," 11 Feb. 2020 Comics who normally roll their eyes at those offended by jokes criticized him. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "A Kobe Bryant Joke Goes Wrong, Revealing Comedy’s Troll Side," 5 Feb. 2020 The ruling Communist Party is anxious to avoid a repeat of SARS, during which it was criticized for initially covering up the scale of the problem. Fortune, "China expands travel lockdown to 40 million people as deadly virus spreads," 24 Jan. 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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Criticize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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