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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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The AIR study that Tucker criticizes me for citing corroborated that point.
In particular, Best criticizes our choice to report that slightly less than a third of students were involved in bullying.
"Even a short inventory of Clinton's waffling, gaffes, and poor judgment raises serious questions about the President of the United States." The column went on to criticize Clinton for his stands on gays in the military, his anti-war protests during the Vietnam era and his alleged marital infidelity.
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Dugan also sharply criticizes Catholic leaders for opposing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (reintroduced in Congress in January), which is intended to overturn the Supreme Court's 1990 ruling in Employment Division v.
Although Wilson could have easily been decided on the basis of the insurance policy language at issue, the court went out of its way to discuss other issues as well and to criticize the Wickline decision.
Journalists asked the opinion of Otunbaeva on the book of Myrzakmatov "Truth, I was looking for," in which he criticizes the President.
"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." Thankfully, according to the movie, Edward R.
If Clooney wanted to prove that the news media had been terrorized and intimidated by McCarthy, and that Murrow had blazed the trail by being the first to criticize McCarthy, he's done a terrible job of it.
Although he avoids categorizing the pope as a misogynist, he criticizes John Paul II for insensitivity to the concerns of contemporary women, for cracking down on dissent, and for his lack of concern regarding church finances and clerical anguish over celibacy.
Writing as a political sociologist, the author criticizes the Marxist historians for neglecting conflicts of authority between peasant communities and aristocratic elites in favor of class-based theories about the relationship between agrarian capitalism and peasant revolts.
I am used to reading this kind of thing; I understand that it became a career plan for some people to attack dissidents and those who criticize this government.
"I said of the television channels criticize the Parliament, they may criticize the President too," he said.