Synonyms of criticize in English:


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1‘they criticized the government's handling of the economy’


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

NZ Australian informal bag

Australian informal sledge

formal excoriate

dated rate

archaic slash, vituperate against, reprobate

rare animadvert on, objurgate, asperse, derogate, reprehend


praise, approve of