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    Default Criticize as a verb

    Say, you have a self-righteous peer who always teaches you to do this or that. But you think what he teaches are totally commonsense things that you want to resist them. And you might say something to your peer face to face like: "I don't think your ideas work because bla bla bla bla...". Maybe there are just few lines. Can I refer to this act as "criticize"? i.e. "I try to criticize my peer's advice".

    The reason I want to ask this is because someone once told me that "criticize" usually refers to an act that you engage other people in a discussion (that lasts for some time) and tell them line by line what they did wrong and how they should improve. The atmosphere is close to calm even the discussion is a serious one.

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    Default Re: Criticize as a verb

    I think "criticize" is appropriate in this case.

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    Default Re: Criticize as a verb

    Yes, it is appropriate to use criticize as a verb in this situation.

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    "My friend always likes to criticize my work."

    "Please be nice when you criticize my work."

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    Default Re: Criticize as a verb

    I see you guys' points.

    Okay, then to native speakers, what is the basic difference between "I try to criticize my self-righteous peer's advice" and "I try to resist my self-righteous peer's advice"?

    And which one is more appropriate for the context I mentioned above?

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