Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

To criticize, accuse or blame - synonyms or related words

criticize

verb

to say what you think is wrong or bad about something

blame

verb

to say or think that someone or something is responsible for an accident, problem, or bad situation

put down

to criticize someone, especially when other people are present, in a way that makes them feel stupid

reproach

verb

to criticize someone and feel disappointed with them for something they have done

reprimand

verb

to tell someone officially and in a serious way that something they have done is wrong

find fault with

to criticize someone or something, often after deliberately looking for mistakes

rebuke

verb

formal

to tell someone that they have behaved badly. The usual word is tell off.

deride

verb

formal

to criticize someone or something by suggesting that they are stupid, unimportant, or useless

remonstrate

verb

formal

to argue with, complain to, or criticize someone about something

denigrate

verb

to criticize something in a way that shows you think it has no value at all

bit rot

when electronic information is lost because the software or devices needed to read it are no longer available

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

troll factory

a company that pays its employees to write online comments in favour or against somebody or something posing as ordinary Internet users

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog