criticize [krit′ə sīz΄]
vi., vt.
criticized, criticizing
1. to analyze and judge as a critic
2. to judge disapprovingly; find fault (with); censure
SYN.- CRITICIZE, in this comparison, is the general term for finding fault with or disapproving of a person or thing; REPREHEND suggests sharp or severe disapproval, generally of faults, errors, etc. rather than of persons; BLAME stresses the fixing of responsibility for an error, fault, etc.; CENSURE implies the expression of severe criticism or disapproval by a person in authority or in a position to pass judgment; CONDEMN and DENOUNCE both imply an emphatic pronouncement of blame or guilt, CONDEMN suggesting the rendering of a judicial decision, and DENOUNCE, public accusation against persons or their acts

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