Definition of criticize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrɪtɪsʌɪz/
(also criticise)


[with object]
1Indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way: the opposition criticized the government’s failure to consult adequately technicians were criticized for defective workmanship
More example sentences
  • 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, arraign, attack, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to;
North American  slur
informal knock, pan, slam, hammer, blast, bad-mouth, nitpick about, throw brickbats at, give flak to, lay into, lace into, pull to pieces, pull apart, pick holes in, hit out at, maul, savage, roast, skewer, crucify
British informal slag off, have a go at, give some stick to, monster, slate, rubbish
North American informal pummel, cut up, trash, bag on
Australian/New Zealand informal bag
Australian informal sledge
dated rate
archaic slash, vituperate against, reprobate
rare animadvert on, objurgate, excoriate, asperse, derogate, reprehend
2Form and express a judgement of (a literary or artistic work): a literary text may be criticized on two grounds: the semantic and the expressive
More example sentences
  • 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: /ˈkrɪtɪsʌɪzəb(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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