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

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Synonyms for critique

Synonyms: Noun

criticism, examen, notice, review

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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


She wrote a radical critique of the philosopher's early essays. They gave a fair and honest critique of her art.


The class convened to critique the student's latest painting.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their advice and critiques made me a better person and a better designer. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "South Florida designer Sebastian Grey wins ‘Project Runway’," 14 June 2019 The network had no additional comment on the candidate critiques. Washington Post, "Democratic contenders bash Fox News on Fox News," 14 June 2019 According to Lipman, men often receive direct advice that really helps them advance their careers, whereas women sometimes receive personality critiques. Renee Morad, NBC News, "Joanne Lipman: 3 ways women can embrace men as allies to close the gender gap," 14 June 2019 Writers of all genres are invited to read their work and receive group critiques in a friendly environment. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Avid bowler marks 100th birthday at bowling alley," 13 June 2019 Through assignments in the field, classes, and critiques, our photo workshops will challenge and inspire you to take your photography to the next level. National Geographic, "Our Trips," 12 June 2019 Her writing blows sad and then joyful, warm then cool, with surprising sallies into magical realism and religious critique. Madeleine Schwartz, Harper's magazine, "Warm, Weird, Effervescent," 10 June 2019 Over the years, Barbie has been the subject of feminist critique, not just for her whiteness, but also for her impossible-to-reproduce-in-real-life proportions. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Barbie Will Be Honored at This Year’s CFDA Awards," 16 May 2019 Another critique comes from market participants such as former Fed governor Kevin Warsh who believe the Fed is ignoring troubling signals from the financial markets. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump’s Volatility Only Adds to Stock-Market Selling Pressure," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some have critiqued the company for, in their view, moving too slowly in removing white supremacist content, in particular. Shirin Ghaffary, Vox, "Twitter’s top policy exec said there’s “no doubt” that some social media content contributes to radicalization," 11 June 2019 The protagonist, Scott Bradley, critiques their looks, ridicules their boyfriends and is enraged by their disdain. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 Kirsten Gillibrand critiqued Fox News while on Fox News. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "OnPolitics: Watch the throne. And border.," 6 June 2019 There is lots of media critique out there, tons of analysis of leadership and the presidency. William M. Arkin, Harper's magazine, "Must Flee TV," 10 Mar. 2019 The competition show will once again aim to find the best home cook out there through a series of grueling challenges, all while some of the biggest names in the culinary biz critique their every move. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'MasterChef' Season 10 Has Some Huge Changes in Store, Says Gordon Ramsay," 22 May 2019 Modern Markets Initiative said in a three-page letter critiquing the study that by the time someone sees better prices elsewhere, the opportunity to trade at those prices is already gone. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "Brief Price Gaps in Stocks Cost Investors $2 Billion a Year," 14 Feb. 2019 Jaylyn Abergas, a transgender actor who plays one of the leads in the production, remembers some of the criticisms about the play at an early question-and-answer session, critiques about trans misogyny and trans aggression. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "A little-known, vital moment in LGBT history: SF diner riot lives again onstage," 26 Feb. 2018 Todd Haley will help The Browns are eager to have new offensive coordinator Todd Haley critique the college and pro QBs. Doug Lesmerises,, "Is it OK for Browns fans to disagree with Joe Thomas? Podcast," 27 Jan. 2018

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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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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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