Crit"i*cise (kr?t"?-s?z), v. t.
[imp. & p. p. Criticised (-s?zd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Criticising.] [Written
also, more analogically, but less commonly, criticize.]
[Cf. G. kritisiren. See Critic.]
1. To examine and judge as a critic; to pass
literary or artistic judgment upon; as, to criticise an
author; to criticise a picture.
2. To express one's views as to the merit
or demerit of; esp., to animadvert upon; to find fault with; as,
to criticise conduct. Blackwood's Mag.
Crit"i*cise, v. i.
1. To act as a critic; to pass literary or
artistic judgment; to play the critic; -- formerly used with
on or upon.
Several of these ladies, indeed, criticised
upon the form of the association.
2. To discuss the merits or demerits of a
thing or person; esp., to find fault.
Cavil you may, but never criticise.