Criticize or criticise

Criticize means to enumerate faults or failings in a disapproving fashion. Criticize may also mean to analyze something, such as a work of art. Criticize is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are criticizes, criticized, criticizing, criticizer.

Criticise is the preferred British spelling, related words are criticises, criticised, criticizing. The North American spelling of criticize is also considered correct and is gaining acceptance around the world. Criticize and criticise are examples of a group of words that are spelled with a “z” in American English and with an “s” in British English.


One night after declining to criticize Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward the protesters at his rallies, his rivals for the Republican nomination, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), all criticized the Republican front-runner. (The Washington Post)

Officials criticize German Consulate shutdown in Istanbul (The Daily Sabah)

Right-wing French politician criticizes Canada’s immigration policy during Quebec City visit (The Toronto Star)

A Palestinian professor has been suspended by The Islamic University in the Gaza Strip because of Facebook posts criticizing Hamas and the university administration. (The Jerusalem Post)

Shoppers are criticising a major supermarket for selling loaves which appear burnt but are being described as ‘well fired.’ (The Evening Standard)

RELATIVES of the Easter Rising rebels have criticised plans by Dublin’s Glasnevin Cemetery to build a wall commemorating everyone who died in the Rising – including British soldiers. (The Irish Post)

Arsene Wenger has refused to criticise television scheduling despite his Arsenal side’s demanding fixture list – insisting the revenue made from rights deals can help Premier League clubs re-establish themselves in Europe. (The Belfast Telegraph)