Definition of criticize in English:


(also criticise)


  • 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.’
    • ‘The trait he was criticized for most is now the one that earns him the greatest praise.’
    • ‘The deal was criticized for not doing enough to promote third world development.’
    • ‘The trial judge was criticized for not giving more weight to oral testimony.’
    • ‘It will be inevitable that they are severely criticized for betraying their country.’
    • ‘You shouldn't just focus on the faults or difficulties and criticize the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During his latter Presidency he was criticized for spending too much time golfing and trout fishing.’
    • ‘She is often criticized for not caring enough, or showing that she does enough.’
    • ‘The few congressional dissenters at the time were criticized for lack of patriotism.’
    • ‘Advocates of the views are often criticized for leaving use vague.’
    • ‘However, the Singapore press is criticized for its coverage of local politics.’
    • ‘We were criticized for taking what was deemed to be an unduly apocalyptic view of the industry.’
    • ‘Suffering from poor health, he was also criticized for poor generalship by fellow-officers.’
    • ‘Many people cowered from criticising him, not least because of his readiness to confront his critics in the libel courts.’
    • ‘The developer is criticized for relying on a private company for some of the supply.’
    • ‘The opposition is criticizing the handouts while not promising to reverse them.’
    • ‘It seems to me that philosophers are often criticized for always demanding rational explanations.’
    • ‘They build a player up, knock him down and then start criticising personalities.’
    • ‘Such policies are frequently criticized for being unnecessarily confrontational.’
    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
    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
    slag off, have a go at, give some stick to, monster, slate, rubbish
    pummel, cut up, trash, bag on
    slash, vituperate against, reprobate
    animadvert on, objurgate, excoriate, asperse, derogate, reprehend
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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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In addition, both writers were admired and criticized by artistic women of the day.’