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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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You can criticize the people who brought you the Black Death for wiping out one-third the population of Europe," a medieval HMO executive might have rationalized back in 1347.
But not only is it unfair to criticize excessive spending on the last days of life (doctors don't know who is going to die and who isn't) there is no shred of evidence that the repeal of Medicare would enhance the health of America's children.
Instead of discussing these events, however, some columnists, unfortunately, keep writing about us, those who criticize the government.
He's wrong 100 percent of the time," Strathairn's Murrow rails against McCarthy during the movie, adding later: "Anyone who criticizes or opposes the methods of Senator Joseph McCarthy is a Communist or fellow traveler.
She also criticizes many gays "because they are afraid to be who they are and be judged for it.
We have the same right to criticize Bush that anyone else has: the birthright to criticize our elected officials when they do something we find repugnant.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- When we criticize the Justice and Development Party (AKP), some of its supporters counter-attack us and without responding to our concrete and constructive criticism; they ask why we do not ever criticize Hizmet.
The International Crisis Group notes that African countries have been reluctant to criticize Mugabe, given his reputation as the hero who led the successful revolt against the former white rule.
Corruption, in their view, is synonymous with allowing citizens to criticize government officials.
Refreshingly, he is generally able to criticize the Stalinist subculture in which he was raised without defending McCarthyism and its excrescences.
The American people should not be forced to forfeit our First Amendment rights to contribute to political causes and to criticize candidates as a condition of meaningful reform.