criticize
verb (-cized; -cizing) Date: 1643 intransitive verb to act as a critic transitive verb 1. to consider the merits and demerits of and judge accordingly ; evaluate 2. to find fault with ; point out the faults of • criticizable adjectivecriticizer noun Synonyms: criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions <
criticized the police for using violence
>
. reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking <
reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students
>
. censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding <
a Senator formally censured by his peers
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. reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction <
reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle
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. condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment <
condemned the government's racial policies
>
. denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration <
a pastoral letter denouncing abortion
>
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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