Definition of


  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

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Criticize

criticise, knock, pick apart

Antonyms of Criticize


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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