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crit·i·cize

 (krĭt′ĭ-sīz′)
v. crit·i·cized, crit·i·ciz·ing, crit·i·ciz·es
v.tr.
1. To find fault with: criticized the decision as unrealistic. See Usage Note at critique.
2. To judge the merits and faults of; analyze and evaluate: criticizes art for a living.
v.intr.
To act as a critic.

crit′i·ciz′a·ble adj.
crit′i·ciz′er n.
Synonyms: criticize, censure, condemn, denounce, decry
These verbs mean to express an unfavorable judgment. Criticize can mean merely to evaluate without necessarily finding fault; however, usually the word implies the expression of disapproval: formed a panel to criticize the students' works; was angry when his parents criticized the way he dressed.
Censure refers to the often formal pronouncement of strong criticism: "[He] censured from the pulpit what many others have welcomed as a much-needed religious awakening" (John Edgar Wideman).
Condemn usually applies to harsh moral judgment: "The wrongs which we seek to condemn and punish have been so calculated, so malignant and so devastating that civilization cannot tolerate their being ignored because it cannot survive their being repeated" (Robert H. Jackson).
Denounce and decry imply public proclamation of condemnation or repudiation: "Fictionalizing in the writing of biography ... has been largely denounced by critics ... and teachers" (Margaret Bush). "The worship of the senses has often, and with much justice, been decried" (Oscar Wilde).

criticize

(ˈkrɪtɪˌsaɪz) or

criticise

vb
1. to judge (something) with disapproval; censure
2. to evaluate or analyse (something)
ˈcritiˌcizable, ˈcritiˌcisable adj
ˈcritiˌcizer, ˈcritiˌciser n
ˈcritiˌcizingly, ˈcritiˌcisingly adv

crit•i•cize

(ˈkrɪt əˌsaɪz)

v. -cized, -ciz•ing. v.t.
1. to find fault with; censure.
2. to judge or discuss the merits of.
v.i.
3. to judge unfavorably or harshly; find fault.
4. to make judgments as to merits and faults.
[1640–50]
crit′i•ciz`a•ble, adj.
crit′i•ciz`er, n.

criticize


Past participle: criticized
Gerund: criticizing

Imperative
criticize
criticize
Present
I criticize
you criticize
he/she/it criticizes
we criticize
you criticize
they criticize
Preterite
I criticized
you criticized
he/she/it criticized
we criticized
you criticized
they criticized
Present Continuous
I am criticizing
you are criticizing
he/she/it is criticizing
we are criticizing
you are criticizing
they are criticizing
Present Perfect
I have criticized
you have criticized
he/she/it has criticized
we have criticized
you have criticized
they have criticized
Past Continuous
I was criticizing
you were criticizing
he/she/it was criticizing
we were criticizing
you were criticizing
they were criticizing
Past Perfect
I had criticized
you had criticized
he/she/it had criticized
we had criticized
you had criticized
they had criticized
Future
I will criticize
you will criticize
he/she/it will criticize
we will criticize
you will criticize
they will criticize
Future Perfect
I will have criticized
you will have criticized
he/she/it will have criticized
we will have criticized
you will have criticized
they will have criticized
Future Continuous
I will be criticizing
you will be criticizing
he/she/it will be criticizing
we will be criticizing
you will be criticizing
they will be criticizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been criticizing
you have been criticizing
he/she/it has been criticizing
we have been criticizing
you have been criticizing
they have been criticizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been criticizing
you will have been criticizing
he/she/it will have been criticizing
we will have been criticizing
you will have been criticizing
they will have been criticizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been criticizing
you had been criticizing
he/she/it had been criticizing
we had been criticizing
you had been criticizing
they had been criticizing
Conditional
I would criticize
you would criticize
he/she/it would criticize
we would criticize
you would criticize
they would criticize
Past Conditional
I would have criticized
you would have criticized
he/she/it would have criticized
we would have criticized
you would have criticized
they would have criticized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.criticize - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
censure, reprimand, criminate - rebuke formally
savage, pillory, crucify, blast - criticize harshly or violently; "The press savaged the new President"; "The critics crucified the author for plagiarizing a famous passage"
reprove, admonish - take to task; "He admonished the child for his bad behavior"
call on the carpet, chew out, chew up, chide, dress down, have words, bawl out, berate, rebuke, reproof, scold, take to task, call down, lambast, lambaste, lecture, reprimand, remonstrate, trounce, jaw, rag - censure severely or angrily; "The mother scolded the child for entering a stranger's car"; "The deputy ragged the Prime Minister"; "The customer dressed down the waiter for bringing cold soup"
reprehend - express strong disapproval of
deplore - express strong disapproval of; "We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners"
belabor, belabour - attack verbally with harsh criticism; "She was belabored by her fellow students"
come down - criticize or reprimand harshly; "The critics came down hard on the new play"
denounce - speak out against; "He denounced the Nazis"
find fault, blame, pick - harass with constant criticism; "Don't always pick on your little brother"
disparage, belittle, pick at - express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student's efforts"
nitpick - be overly critical; criticize minor details
lash out, attack, snipe, assail, assault, round - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
comment, point out, remark, notice - make or write a comment on; "he commented the paper of his colleague"
harsh on - criticize harshly; "the teacher keeps harshing on the same kid"
praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
2.criticize - act as a critic; "Those who criticize others often are not perfect, either"
act - discharge one's duties; "She acts as the chair"; "In what capacity are you acting?"

criticize

verb
1. find fault with, censure, disapprove of, knock (informal), blast, pan (informal), condemn, slam (slang), flame (informal), carp, put down, slate (informal), have a go (at) (informal), disparage, tear into (informal), diss (slang, chiefly U.S.), nag at, lambast(e), pick holes in, excoriate, pick to pieces, give (someone or something) a bad press, pass strictures upon His mother had rarely criticized him or any of her children.
find fault with praise, compliment, commend, laud (literary), extol, big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean)
Quotations
"To criticize is to appreciate, to appropriate, to take intellectual possession, to establish in fine a relation with the criticized thing and to make its own" [Henry James What Maisie Knew]
Proverbs
"People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones"

criticize

verb
1. To find fault with:
Informal: cut up, pan.
Slang: knock.
2. To write a critical report on:
Translations
kritizovatrecenzovatkriticky posoudit
kritisereanmelde
arvustama
arvostellakritisoidamoittiaarvioida
kritizirati
bírálmegbírál
gagnrÿna
批判する
비평하다
kriticky posúdiť
grajatikritiziratioceniti
kritisera
วิจารณ์
eleştirmektenkit etmekeleştiride bulunmak
phê phán

criticize

[ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz] VT & VI (= review, find fault) → criticar
I don't wish to criticize, butno quisiera criticar, pero ...

criticize

[ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz] criticise (British) vt [+ person] → critiquer; [+ decision, policy, actions, performance] → critiquer

criticize

vtkritisieren; to criticize somebody for somethingjdn für etw kritisieren; I criticized her for always being lateich kritisierte sie dafür, dass sie immer zu spät kommt

criticize

[ˈkrɪtɪsaɪz] vtcriticare

critic

(ˈkritik) noun
1. a person who judges or comments on books, art etc. He is the book critic for the local newspaper.
2. a person who finds fault. His critics would say that he is unsuitable for the job.
ˈcritical adjective
1. judging and analysing. He has written several critical works on Shakespeare.
2. fault-finding. He tends to be critical of his children.
3. of, at or having the nature of, a crisis; very serious. a critical shortage of food; After the accident, his condition was critical.
ˈcritically adverb
ˈcriticize, ˈcriticise (-saiz) verb
1. to find fault (with). He's always criticizing her.
2. to give an opinion of or judgement on a book etc.
ˈcriticism noun

criticize

يَنْتَقِدُ kritizovat kritisere kritisieren επικρίνω criticar arvostella critiquer kritizirati criticare 批判する 비평하다 bekritiseren kritisere skrytykować criticar осуждать kritisera วิจารณ์ eleştirmek phê phán 批评
References in classic literature ?
I'm not a show, Aunty, and no one is coming to stare at me, to criticize my dress, or count the cost of my luncheon.
It was in fact the very appropriate truth that she had ventured to criticize the propriety, to hint at the incongruity, of so close an alliance, and even to go so far on the subject as a frank overture to Miss Jessel.
A patronising disposition always has its meaner side, and in the confusion of his irritation and alarm there entered the feeling that a man to whom he had shown so much favour as to Adam was not in a position to criticize his conduct.
Anna Pavlovna almost closed her eyes to indicate that neither she nor anyone else had a right to criticize what the Empress desired or was pleased with.
Then why, for goodness' sake, did they do nothing but criticize her when she was alive?
Harrison, and I shall want you to criticize it SEVERELY.
That is why I feel I can criticize,--I am unprejudiced.
You needn't criticize our relations like that," said Felicity tartly.
Johnson himself was sometimes exasperated by their peevishness and even driven to take refuge from his own home in that 'of his wealthy friends the Thrales, where, indeed, he had a room of his own; but he never allowed any one else to criticize or speak harshly of them.
But Helen and I, we ought to remember, when we are tempted to criticize others, that we are standing on these islands, and that most of the others, are down below the surface of the sea.
This would SEEM to suggest that we have a way of knowing the past which is independent of images, by means of which we can criticize image-memories.
However, it is not becoming for an obscure teacher of languages to criticize a "heroic fugitive" of worldwide celebrity.