Definition of criticize in US English:

criticize

(British criticise)

verb

[with object]
  • 1Indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way.

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

    ‘a literary text may be criticized on two grounds: the semantic and the expressive’
    • ‘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

criticize

/ˈkridəˌsīz//ˈkrɪdəˌsaɪz/