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Ministers were told not to criticize the policy publicly.
It was difficult to be honest without seeming to criticize.
The new proposals have been criticized for not going far enough to change the system.
Social services were widely criticized for not taking more action to protect children at risk.
used when you are going to say something that may annoy or upset someone, especially because it expresses criticism
used when you are going to disagree with someone or criticize someone, in order to sound more polite
used for suggesting that something is worse or more extreme than you are saying
used in the middle of a sentence for making a statement or criticism seem less severe or offensive
used when you want to make sure that someone understands your comments correctly, especially when you are criticizing them
used when you are going to say something that is honest but may sound rude or unkind
used when you are going to say something that someone may not like
used for making your criticism of someone or something seem less strong by mentioning something good about them
This is the British English definition of criticize. View American English definition of criticize.
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