cri·​tique | \ krə-ˈtēk How to pronounce critique (audio) , kri- \

Definition of critique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of criticizing especially : a critical (see critical sense 1c) estimate or discussion a critique of the poet's work an honest critique of her art


critiqued; critiquing

Definition of critique (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to examine critically : review critique the plan

Synonyms for critique

Synonyms: Noun

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Critique is an alteration of an archaic word that referred generally to criticism. Critique itself dates to the early 18th century and originally referred to a piece of writing that criticized a literary or artistic work. The words criticism, critique, and review overlap in meaning. Criticism usually means "the act of criticizing" or a "remark or comment that expresses disapproval," but it can also refer to the activity of making judgments about the qualities of books, movies, etc. (as in "literary criticism").Critique is a somewhat formal word that typically refers to a careful judgment in which someone gives an opinion about something. Review can refer to an essay analyzing a literary or artistic work, but can also sometimes imply a more casual or personal opinion.

Examples of critique in a Sentence

Noun She wrote a radical critique of the philosopher's early essays. They gave a fair and honest critique of her art. Verb The class convened to critique the student's latest painting.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But re-creating the sense of peril one felt—while trying to buy an Orange Julius, say, or get to a commuter bus circa 1979—is an essential element in what is in turn a serial-murder story, a police procedural and a cultural critique. John Anderson, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 Judy Singer’s original concept of Neurodiversity certainly proposed an embrace of all neurotypes and a critique of any neurotype seeking dominance over another. Nancy Doyle, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 This debut novel, part-Station Eleven and part-social critique, imagines a future where humanity has fled Earth. Rachel King, Fortune, 11 Dec. 2021 What Ben-Yosef has produced isn’t an argument for or against the historical accuracy of the Bible but a critique of his own profession. Matti Friedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Nov. 2021 Humane is a continuation of Moyn’s decade-long critique of human rights and the liberal ideology that undergirds them. Daniel Bessner, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 The show doesn’t have to offer a serious analysis or even a critique of wealth. Nina Metz,, 31 Aug. 2021 The film is a satire of high-art circles and a critique of the world’s indifference towards the refugee crisis. Alexander Durie, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021 About a year ago Obama turned his eulogy for Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) into a critique of the filibuster and an endorsement of equal representation for residents of Puerto Rico and D.C. Chron, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When their friend Coleen dies, Amy (Ms. Coupe), Jodie (Ms. Goodwin) and Sarah (Ms. Q) attend the funeral, critique their friend’s postmortem makeup, then decide to reboot their own lives. John Anderson, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 The tester will also critique anything that needs improvement and offer a final assessment on whether the car is a good choice for a road trip. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 Dec. 2021 Much of the first act works to actively critique nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake, and how it is exploited by those in control, whether machine overlords or Hollywood studios. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 Many people negatively critique Tyler Perry, but these Black actors stand by him. Admin, Essence, 16 Dec. 2021 The point, then, isn’t to critique specific results. Adam Rogers, Wired, 7 Dec. 2021 Lizzo regularly and unapologetically claps back at haters who attempt to shame and critique her body-positive stance. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 Open to veterans, dependents and active-duty military and families, the group will read and critique and discuss the completion of their Book IV. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Nov. 2021 Fashion, then, is a means of transgression and liberation, a way of skirting societal mores that noir often takes strides to critique and subvert. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 11 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of critique


1653, in the meaning defined above


1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for critique


borrowed from French, borrowed from Latin critica "evaluation of literary works," borrowed from Greek kritikḗ noun derivative from feminine of kritikós "discerning, capable of judging" — more at critic entry 1


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“Critique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of critique

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a careful judgment in which you give your opinion about the good and bad parts of something (such as a piece of writing or a work of art)



English Language Learners Definition of critique (Entry 2 of 2)

: to express your opinion about the good and bad parts of (something) : to give a critique of (something)

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