Definition of

Criticize

  1. (verb, communication) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
    Don't knock the food--it's free
  2. (verb, competition) act as a critic

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Synonyms of Criticize

criticise, knock, pick apart

Antonyms of Criticize

praise

Origin of the word Criticize

  1. 1640s, "to pass judgment on something" (usually unfavorable), from critic + -ize. Meaning "to discuss critically" is from 1660s; that of "to censure" is from 1704. Related: Criticized; criticizing. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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