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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.
See also: criticize, for
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And just for today, Kipp will be joining the naysayers and criticizers once again, thanks to a recent statement from an RTA official, reported in a typically positive article praising our beloved transport authority.
While many of the topics I discuss involve criticisms of Meyer's texts and her departures from her established canon, it is important to remember that fans are capable and active criticizers, notwithstanding their undying love for the Twilight texts.
Too often, these criticizers have not read her books nor taken the time to explore her work in depth, preferring to accept the commonplace rumors they hear about her.
(5) After rebutting the anti-colonial readings of his novel, Van Booven ends his essay with expressing his admiration and support of imperialism as a whole and Belgian colonialism in particular, hence reinforcing the colonial spirit his criticizers had accused him to lack.
Her intention was "to demonstrate to the Kimball criticizers at Holy Cross that all the ingredients are available, it is just a matter of being creative at putting them together."
I was among the criticizers. My workload the previous year had been intense and very stressful.
In the absence of communication between the criticizers and the targets of the criticism, critique merely affirms the exclusionary loyalty to culture, nation, or immediate community.
The Criticizers: Detail their criticisms by asking them why they disagree.
The report, written by Paul Rubin, an economics professor at Emory University, criticizers FDA Commissioner David Kessler's plan to increase regulation of consumer advertising for prescription drugs.
Among the criticizers was Tennis star Andy Murray's mother, ( Judy Murray, who tweeted : "A unique hunt?
He said the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been ruined in the name of change and added that criticizers of metro bus have no ability to complete this important project as they have dug up the whole city of Peshawar in guise of metro project.
The video went viral on the internet, attracting both supporters and criticizers. The president of Suez University referred Prince for investigation over breaking the code of conduct and "a violation of academic regulations.
Consequently, any questioning of these options - despite the direct responsibility of the authority in Khartoum for having reached them - will become a questioning of peace itself, thus turning the criticizers of Al-Bashir's rule in the North the callers for war with the South.
The blame, added the repot, lies with the= =20 continuous funding of projects is various Iranian provinces, which =96=20 according to his criticizers =96 is devoid of any financial logic, and=20 demonstrates mainly fiscal foolery.
We have settled for the best criticizers instead of the best representatives of "we the people."