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used in The Great Gatsby

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finding fault and telling others; or tending to have unfavorable opinions
  • "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had."
    p. 1.2
criticizing = giving an opinion of what is wrong with something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
  • I've heard it said that Daisy's murmur was only to make people lean toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming.
    p. 9.2
  • criticism = sharing an unfavorable opinion
  • I had heard some story of her too, a critical, unpleasant story, but what it was I had forgotten long ago.
    p. 18.4
critical = unfavorable (pointing to a fault)
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