critic + -ize; first element from Ancient Greek κριτικός (kritikós, “of or for judging, able to discern”), from κρίσις (krísis, “crisis”).
criticize (third-person singular simple present criticizes, present participle criticizing, simple past and past participle criticized) (transitive, intransitive)
- To find fault (with something).
- Synonyms: censure, pick at; see also Thesaurus:criticize
- Hyponyms: find fault, shoot down, run down, trash out, fustigate, drub, excoriate
- They criticized him for endangering people's lives.
- To evaluate (something), assessing its merits and faults.
to find fault
- “criticise”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “criticize”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.