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What Is Criticize? Definition And Usage Of This Term

WHAT IS CRITICIZE – In this topic, we will first know the definition of the term “criticize” and how is this term used in sentences.



The Oxford Dictionary described this term as the following:

  • indicate the faults of (someone or something) in a disapproving way.
  • form and express a sophisticated judgment of (a literary or artistic work)

On the other hand, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines this term as the following:

  • to consider the merits and demerits of and judge accordingly
  • to find fault with or point out the faults of

Synonyms and Antonyms

Here are the following synonyms and antonyms of this term:

  • Synonyms
    • find fault with
    • censure
    • denounce
    • condemn
    • attack
    • lambaste
    • denigrate
    • malign
    • pan
    • knock
  • Antonyms
    • praise
    • approve of
    • laud
    • commend
    • honor
    • exalt
    • applaud
    • adore
    • acclaim
    • admire


It came from two words critic and the suffix -ize. The word critic came from the Ancient Greek word (κριτικός) kritikós, which means  “of or for judging, able to discern”, which came from krísis (κρίσις ) which means “crisis“.


Here are some of the examples:

  • The judge was widely criticized for his verdict.
  • The editor criticized the author’s work as trite.
  • It is unfair to criticize teachers for not promoting students who cannot perform at their grade level. 
  • It is tempting to criticize the trial by ordeal, wager of law and judicial combat for their apparent irrationality and cruelty.

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