Definition of criticize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkridəˌsīz/


[with object]
1Indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way: states criticized the failure to provide an adequate and permanent compensation technicians were criticized for defective workmanship
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  • During his latter Presidency he was criticized for spending too much time golfing and trout fishing.
  • However, the Singapore press is criticized for its coverage of local politics.
  • The trial judge was criticized for not giving more weight to oral testimony.
find fault with, censure, denounce, condemn, attack, lambaste, pillory, rail against, inveigh against, arraign, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, give bad press to, run down
informal knock, pan, maul, slam, roast, hammer, lay into, lace into, flay, crucify, take apart, pull to pieces, pick holes in, pummel, trash, nitpick
formal excoriate
2Form and express a sophisticated judgment of (a literary or artistic work): a literary text may be criticized on two grounds: the semantic and the expressive
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  • In his later school years his close friends were a group of boys who met on a regular basis to exchange and criticize each other's literary work.
  • In addition, both writers were admired and criticized by artistic women of the day.
  • But, criticizing Tolstoy, some theorists point out that an artist need not have the feeling in question in order to express it.



Pronunciation: /ˈkridəˌsīzəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Thus, among many other consequences, theories should aim at being very clear and criticisable so that they can, if need be, be proven wrong.
  • This surely happens, and is morally criticizable.
  • In this case a criticizable attitude is indicated by your act.


Example sentences
  • If you ask me, I think we ought to go right back to good old Plan A where we criticize the criticizers.
  • Recognize your criticizers for what they often are: those who love you best.
  • She quickly became a chronic shouter and criticizer of her husband.

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Syllabification: crit·i·cize

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