criticize for

criticize (one) for (something)

To voice disapproval of one for a particular action. We have to be on time today because they always criticize us for being late. I was criticized for that mistake even though it wasn't my fault.
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criticize someone for something

to reprimand or censure someone for something. I hope you don't criticize me too severely for my part in this matter. Maria criticized Ken for not being there on time.
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References in classic literature ?
Now, in allusion to the white, silent stillness of death in this shark, and the mild deadliness of his habits, the French call him Requin.
I was brought up on a farm, and I know the awful deadliness of farm work; and I like to picture it all as it will be after the revolution.
But there was one circumstance which gave it a deadliness all its own.
On the eve of the outbreak of the war there were six great powers in the world and a cluster of smaller ones, each armed to the teeth and straining every nerve to get ahead of the others in deadliness of equipment and military efficiency.
Yet when he had brought down many to the ground which nourishes men, his own might and deadliness were brought low.
It was the sum of many of them that constituted deadliness.