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Words used to describe criticism

accusatory

adjective

intended to show someone that you think they have done something wrong

accusing

adjective

intended to show someone that you think they have done something wrong

acerbic

adjective

showing criticism in a way that is clever and funny, but rather cruel

acid

adjective

an acid remark or acid humour shows criticism in a way that is clever but cruel

acrid

adjective

an acrid remark expresses criticism in a rather cruel way

ad hominem

adjective

criticizing a person’s character instead of what they are saying

astringent

adjective

an astringent remark is one that criticizes someone severely

barbed

adjective

barbed comments contain criticisms or insults

biting

adjective

a biting remark, criticism etc is cruel and unkind

blistering

adjective

blistering criticism is very severe

caustic

adjective

expressing severe criticism of someone, often in a funny or clever way

condemnatory

adjective

expressing severe criticism

critical

adjective

expressing an opinion when you think something is wrong or bad

critically

adverb

in a way that shows you do not like or approve of something

crushing

adjective

criticizing someone or something very severely

deprecating

adjective

showing that you do not approve of something or someone

disapproving

adjective

a disapproving expression or reaction shows that someone does not approve of something

disparaging

adjective

showing that you have no respect for someone or something

hard-hitting

adjective

making criticisms in a very strong, honest, and direct way. This word usually shows that you approve of this type of criticism.

mild

adjective

a mild punishment or criticism is not very severe

mordant

adjective

criticizing in a way that is cruel

negative

adjective

expressing disagreement or criticism

pungent

adjective

pungent comments or remarks criticize something in a direct and effective way

reproachful

adjective

expressing criticism or disappointment in a way that is intended to make someone feel ashamed

reproving

adjective

expressing criticism or blame

satirical

adjective

satirical writing or art uses humour to criticize people or things and make them seem silly

savage

adjective

criticizing someone or something very much

scathing

adjective

criticizing someone or something in a very strong way

searing

adjective

severe in your judgment of someone or something

swingeing

adjective

criticizing someone or something very severely

trenchant

adjective

trenchant comments or criticisms are expressed strongly and clearly

unfavourable

adjective

not positive, or not showing approval

vituperative

adjective

full of cruel angry criticisms and insults

accusingly

adverb

acerbically

adverb

ad hominem

adverb

bitingly

adverb

disapprovingly

adverb

pungency

noun

pungently

adverb

reproachfully

adverb

reprovingly

adverb

satirically

adverb

savagely

adverb

savageness

noun

scathingly

adverb

searingly

adverb

unfavourably

adverb

on someone’s case

criticizing someone all the time

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