Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To find fault with.
  • intransitive verb To judge the merits and faults of; analyze and evaluate.
  • intransitive verb To act as a critic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To examine or judge critically; utter or write criticisms upon; pass judgment upon with respect to merit or demerit; animadvert upon; discover and weigh the faults and merits of: as, to criticize a painting; to criticize a poem; to criticize conduct.
  • Specifically To censure; judge with severity; point out defects or faults in.
  • To act as a critic; judge of anything critically; utter or write critical opinions.
  • To animadvert; express opinions as to particular points: followed by on.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb same as criticise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to find fault (with something)
  • verb to evaluate (something), and judge its merits and faults

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb act as a critic
  • verb find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Century 1911: from critic +‎ -ize

Examples

  • Republicans, by taking the House, are going to be forced into "having a dog in the fight" instead of being able to merely criticize from the sidelines as the "Party of 'No,'" because they're going to be the ones to produce legislation and budgets, instead of having the luxury of just opposing everything the other party comes up with.

    Chris Weigant: Republican House Musings

  • Boy, the ridiculous right is like a spoiled four year old: never happy, refusing to agree with anything because its far more easy to be a coward and criticize from the sidelines.

    Obama: Bailout for Main Street

  • A party that has zero solutions and can only criticize is destined for failure.

    GOP targets freshman Democrat in new ad

  • Republicans, by taking the House, are going to be forced into "having a dog in the fight" instead of being able to merely criticize from the sidelines as the "Party of 'No,'" because they're going to be the ones to produce legislation and budgets, instead of having the luxury of just opposing everything the other party comes up with.

    Chris Weigant: Republican House Musings

  • They have become so paralyzed as a Party all they can do is criticize from the sidelines.

    Economic stimulus reaches GOP critic's turf

  • What I criticize is the "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrisy that characterizes liberal approaches to education.

    Ken Blackwell: President to Parents: "Do As I Say..."

  • Republicans, by taking the House, are going to be forced into "having a dog in the fight" instead of being able to merely criticize from the sidelines as the "Party of 'No,'" because they're going to be the ones to produce legislation and budgets, instead of having the luxury of just opposing everything the other party comes up with.

    Chris Weigant: Republican House Musings

  • Republicans, by taking the House, are going to be forced into "having a dog in the fight" instead of being able to merely criticize from the sidelines as the "Party of 'No,'" because they're going to be the ones to produce legislation and budgets, instead of having the luxury of just opposing everything the other party comes up with.

    Chris Weigant: Republican House Musings

  • Republicans, by taking the House, are going to be forced into "having a dog in the fight" instead of being able to merely criticize from the sidelines as the "Party of 'No,'" because they're going to be the ones to produce legislation and budgets, instead of having the luxury of just opposing everything the other party comes up with.

    Chris Weigant: Republican House Musings

  • It's the only thing anyone can grab onto and criticize from a very qualified individual. look at the rest of her judicial record. you may not agree with some of her decisions, but that doenst make her unqualified to be a supreme court justice.

    Graham: Confirmation likely barring 'complete meltdown'

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