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Severely criticised, as the roof may be (6)

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I believe the answer is:

slated

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'severely criticised' is the definition.
'slated' can be an answer for 'criticised' (I've seen this in other clues). I am unsure of the 'severely' bit.

'the roof may be' is the wordplay.
'the roof' becomes 'slate' (slate roof is a kind of roof).
'may be' becomes 'd' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should believe this answer much more).
'slate'+'d'='SLATED'

'as' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for slated that I've seen before include "Berated with roofing materials?" , "censured" , "Torn to pieces" , "Reprimanded - criticised" , "Gave a terrible review" .)

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