critique

noun
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

critique

verb
critiqued; critiquing

Definition of critique (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to examine critically : review critique the plan

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for critique

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Did You Know?

Noun

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Policies like school choice, more closely tailored to the most urgent problems facing blacks today, are dismissed with the same false critique. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "Georgia Voters Prepare to Decide the Senate," 31 Dec. 2020 The critique has continued online, where his recent tweet about receiving an award from the local Urban League was met with a steady stream of reaction gifs expressing an utter disconnect from reality. Jennifer Swann, The New Republic, "The Year When Everyone Bullied Their Mayor," 28 Dec. 2020 Making the transition to outside cornerback would require adjustment and improvement and the same self-critique that has driven him throughout his career. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State’s Shaun Wade, first Buckeye named Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year, is still improving," 16 Dec. 2020 Perhaps the biggest critique: Its quality is uneven and low-income families tend to wind up in the lower-quality programs. Washington Post, "How to support working parents during a pandemic: Lessons from Quebec," 17 Nov. 2020 Others commend the way in which Emily perseveres in spite of the endless critique. Marina Khorosh, Vogue, "How the French Really Feel About Emily in Paris’s Style," 14 Oct. 2020 If and when operators of pseudoanonymous accounts are found out, there is no grand reveal of some larger social or political critique. Joan Donovan, Scientific American, "Trolling for Truth on Social Media," 12 Oct. 2020 In substantive terms, Trump’s critique had some force to it. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump Directs His Wrecking Ball at the COVID-19 Relief Bill and Mitch McConnell," 23 Dec. 2020 Peters’s critique seems to be that people are risk averse, which is true. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Wall Street Bets Big on China," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her status as both an outsider and insider to white feminism’s default identity gives her a prime vantage point from which to critique its mechanisms. Nicole Graev Lipson, BostonGlobe.com, "A rousing call for change in Koa Beck’s ‘White Feminism’," 2 Jan. 2021 This is not the first time Lizzo has clapped back at those who critique her body. Harper's BAZAAR, "Lizzo Reminds Us That No One Can Tell Her What To Do with Her Body," 15 Dec. 2020 Crouch would then take a post-show walk right up to the band and critique the music to the players’ faces. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 The Cheshire Cat and the Houyhnhnms must have taught her that comedy and critique both work by casting the familiar aspects of life in new, doubtful guises. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 It's posted online, and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine for any expert to review and critique. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Covid-19 vaccine can't be safe and other myths," 18 Dec. 2020 Friedman shared how Haefner was a mentor to him and would critique tapes of his teen efforts to break into broadcasting at a community radio station. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "WJR news director Dick Haefner says goodbye to listeners after 51 years on Detroit radio," 10 Dec. 2020 The Zoom workshop will let participating writers create, share, and critique original work while learning to develop their own voice. Gabriel Morley | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Free help with civil legal clinic issues is being offered through the Orleans library," 3 Dec. 2020 Like Big Little Lies and other shows about flawed people of means, The Undoing soon punctures its protagonists’ facade to critique their many privileges. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "On TV, Having Wealth Means You Get to Suffer Beautifully," 27 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'critique.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of critique

Noun

1653, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1751, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for critique

Noun

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

Verb

derivative of critique entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about critique

Time Traveler for critique

Time Traveler

The first known use of critique was in 1653

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about critique

Statistics for critique

Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Critique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critique. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for critique

critique

noun
How to pronounce critique (audio)

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)

critique

verb

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)

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on critique

What made you want to look up critique? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Slippery Words Quiz—Changing with the Times

  • ducreux self portrait yawning
  • What is an earlier meaning of nice?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!