sit in judgment

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sit in judgment (of somebody)

1. to decide whether someone is guilty or not guilty of something The men and women who sit in judgment of the bomber can decide whether or not he is put to death for his crime.
2. to decide whether someone is good or bad There is a committee that sits in judgment of every job applicant, and they can be very harsh.
Usage notes: sometimes used to suggest that someone sitting in judgment should not be: How can they sit in judgment of anyone when they have so little experience?
See also: judgment, sit

sit in judgment (of something)

to decide whether something is good or bad I should probably not be allowed to sit in judgment of movies made for teens.
See also: judgment, sit