Definition of criticize in English:

criticize

(also criticise)

verb

[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’
    • ‘The agency was criticized for its slow reaction to the launch last month.’
    • ‘Many people cowered from criticising him, not least because of his readiness to confront his critics in the libel courts.’
    • ‘It will be inevitable that they are severely criticized for betraying their country.’
    • ‘It seems to me that philosophers are often criticized for always demanding rational explanations.’
    • ‘The developer is criticized for relying on a private company for some of the supply.’
    • ‘She is often criticized for not caring enough, or showing that she does enough.’
    • ‘It sounds to me like you think you are all high and mighty and anybody that knocks you down a peg is criticized for it.’
    • ‘You shouldn't just focus on the faults or difficulties and criticize the country.’
    • ‘Such policies are frequently criticized for being unnecessarily confrontational.’
    • ‘The deal was criticized for not doing enough to promote third world development.’
    • ‘We were criticized for taking what was deemed to be an unduly apocalyptic view of the industry.’
    • ‘The trial judge was criticized for not giving more weight to oral testimony.’
    • ‘The few congressional dissenters at the time were criticized for lack of patriotism.’
    • ‘Advocates of the views are often criticized for leaving use vague.’
    • ‘They build a player up, knock him down and then start criticising personalities.’
    • ‘The opposition is criticizing the handouts while not promising to reverse them.’
    • ‘During his latter Presidency he was criticized for spending too much time golfing and trout fishing.’
    • ‘The trait he was criticized for most is now the one that earns him the greatest praise.’
    • ‘However, the Singapore press is criticized for its coverage of local politics.’
    • ‘Suffering from poor health, he was also criticized for poor generalship by fellow-officers.’
    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
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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

criticize

/ˈkrɪtɪsʌɪz/