Definition of sit in judgment in US English:

sit in judgment


  • Assume the right to judge someone, especially in a critical manner.

    • ‘A critic or a cinegoer can sit in judgement on a film and say that a subject is shallow.’
    • ‘For example, pretty much everyone agrees that a judge should not sit in judgment in a case on appeal if he participated in the decision below.’
    • ‘The case ended in a hung jury, even though the jury consisted entirely of military officers sitting in judgment on criticism of their commanding officer.’
    • ‘Their description of the horrors they came across were reported to the judges who later sat in judgement on the leaders of the Reich and must have influenced them in some way.’
    • ‘Who would like a part-time, non-committed judge to sit in judgement on a particular case, if one were a litigant?’
    • ‘They don't want judges from other countries sitting in judgement on their soldiers and politicians.’
    • ‘As far as he's concerned these people have already sat in judgment on him and decided he had a case to answer.’
    • ‘Scotland's unique Children's Hearing system - in which lay people sit in judgment on young offenders and vulnerable children to decide on the best course of treatment - will be toughened.’
    • ‘And that is precisely why Judge Judy failed to do her duty when sitting in judgement of that habitual offender.’
    • ‘The duke, who sits in judgement, will not intervene as Portia enters in the guise as a lawyer to defend Antonio.’