pass judgment

When you pass judgment, you express your strong disapproval of someone or something. If you're overly critical of your sister, you probably tend to pass judgment on every little move she makes.

The worst thing about people who pass judgment on others is that they tend to act morally superior, as if they're in a position to judge the actions of other people. In fact, the original meaning of pass judgment is a courtroom judge making a legal decision, or — literally — judging. The source of this term is judgment, originally "action of trying at law," from the Latin iudicare, "to examine officially."

Definitions of pass judgment

v form a critical opinion of

evaluate, judge
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grade, order, place, range, rank, rate
assign a rank or rating to
have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
judge to be right or commendable; think well of
consider bad or wrong
see fit or proper to act in a certain way; decide to act in a certain way
judge beforehand, especially without sufficient evidence
appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
appraise anew
refuse to accept or acknowledge
consider or hold as true
believe, conceive, consider, think
judge or regard; look upon; judge
calculate, count on, estimate, figure, forecast, reckon
judge to be probable
anticipate, expect
regard something as probable or likely
ascribe, assign, attribute, impute
attribute or credit to
assign, attribute
decide as to where something belongs in a scheme
disapprove, reject
deem wrong or inappropriate
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be
critique, review
appraise critically
judge unacceptable
accept or judge as acceptable
essay, examine, prove, test, try, try out
put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
acknowledge, know, recognise, recognize
accept (someone) to be what is claimed or accept his power and authority
adopt, embrace, espouse, sweep up
take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own
remain committed to
guess, imagine, opine, reckon, suppose, think
expect, believe, or suppose
assume, presume, take for granted
take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
conjecture, hypothecate, hypothesise, hypothesize, speculate, suppose, theorise, theorize
to believe especially on uncertain or tentative grounds
grade, mark, score
assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
place in a superior order or rank
put someone or something on a short list
distribute (players or teams) so that outstanding teams or players will not meet in the early rounds
assign a new order to
rank or order as less important or consider of less value
prioritise, prioritize
assign a priority to
arrange in a sequence
rate lower; lower in value or esteem
rate higher; raise in value or esteem
rate, value
estimate the value of
frown on, frown upon
look disapprovingly upon
approve automatically
standardise, standardize
evaluate by comparing with a standard
reassess, reevaluate
revise or renew one's assessment
subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
accept as true; take to be true
disbelieve, discredit
reject as false; refuse to accept
refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid
challenge or except to a judge as being incompetent or interested, in canon and civil law
accept as true or valid
accept (documents) as valid
reject (documents) as invalid
change one's mind
dispose the mind in a certain way
esteem, look on, look upon, regard as, repute, take to be, think of
look on as or consider
have a feeling or perception about oneself in reaction to someone's behavior or attitude
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
believe, trust
be confident about something
allow, take into account
allow or plan for a certain possibility; concede the truth or validity of something
attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source
carnalize, sensualize
ascribe to an origin in sensation
give someone credit for something
attribute to another source
anthropomorphise, anthropomorphize
ascribe human features to something
personate, personify
attribute human qualities to something
accredit, credit
ascribe an achievement to
blame, charge
attribute responsibility to
externalise, externalize, project
regard as objective
interiorise, interiorize, internalise, internalize
incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal
reconcile, resign, submit
accept as inevitable
show disapproval by discouraging
align, array
align oneself with a group or a way of thinking
classify, relegate
assign to a class or kind
accept as legally binding and valid
disown, renounce, repudiate
cast off
brush aside, brush off, discount, dismiss, disregard, ignore, push aside
bar from attention or consideration
express or raise an objection or protest or criticism or express dissent
acknowledge, admit
declare to be true or admit the existence or reality or truth of
declare to be obsolete
bastardise, bastardize
declare a child to be illegitimate
declare legally insane
declare in the capacity of an umpire or referee
declare (a dead person) to be blessed; the first step of achieving sainthood
canonise, canonize, saint
declare (a dead person) to be a saint
peer review, referee
evaluate professionally a colleague's work
express strong disapproval of; deplore
express approval of
take a bow
acknowledge praise or accept credit
deter, discourage
try to prevent; show opposition to
judge, label, pronounce
pronounce judgment on
abide by, honor, honour, observe, respect
show respect towards
cancel, strike down
declare null and void; make ineffective
formalise, formalize
make formal or official
control, verify
check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
circulate or discuss tentatively; test the waters with
test something under the conditions under which it will actually be used
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cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

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