ADV. bitterly, fiercely, heavily, roundly, severely, sharply, strongly | openly, publicly She has openly criticized the government. | implicitly | justifiably, rightly Their record on human rights has been justifiably criticized. | constantly, frequently, repeatedly | reportedly
PREP. for She criticized the system for being secretive.
PHRASES be widely criticized (as sth) The law was widely criticized as racist. | criticize sb/sth on the grounds that The film was criticized on the grounds that it glorifies violence.