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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.

WHAT IS CRITICIZE

Definition

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

Etymology

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“.

Examples

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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