critique

noun
cri·​tique | \ krə-ˈtēk, 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

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Synonyms for critique

Synonyms: Noun

criticism, examen, notice, review

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The praise was tempered by one powerful critique that cut through the hype. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Of course, the Queen was likely providing a rare dose of humor, not a critique of the royal watchers clamoring to peek inside her house. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Reveals the One Annoying Thing About Opening Buckingham Palace to the Public," 26 Nov. 2018 Despite recent polls suggesting the percentage might be slightly less, the headlines for the 2018 midterms could and should be similarly scathing in its critique of white female voters. Treva B. Lindsey, Vox, "The betrayal of white women voters: in pivotal state races, they still backed the GOP," 9 Nov. 2018 Share ideas and feedback with others, observe, and get critique of your writing. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Davie area events July 18-28," 14 July 2018 Two amendments were added on prior to the vote, including one condemning the separation of children from their parents at the border, a direct critique of President Donald Trump. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Democrats target GOP marriage platform, focus on unity at state convention," 16 June 2018 The senior administration official suggested that the criticism was the byproduct of left-leaning groups embittered by Mr. Fleitz’s long-running critique of their work. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "John Bolton’s Deputy Draws Ire of Jewish, Muslim Groups," 1 June 2018 In his six-point critique, Wheeler questioned Trump's character, business acumen and viability as a general-election candidate. Mike Rogoway, OregonLive.com, "Les Schwab CEO Dick Borgman retiring; former Adidas exec will take over," 12 Apr. 2018 Joanna replied, seemingly uninterested in his critique. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Chip Gaines Wants Nothing to Do With This Popular Magnolia Table Dish," 30 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The jokes aimed at Sanders critiqued her job performance, her appearance and even her Southern roots. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Netflix scraps Michelle Wolf series: reports," 17 Aug. 2018 What may be instantly recognizable to modern audiences is the depiction of the burden that falls on a woman in charge, whose success is suspect and whose actions are constantly critiqued. T.l. Stanley, latimes.com, "'Game of Thrones' star Natalie Dormer heads Amazon's twisty mystery 'Picnic At Hanging Rock'," 24 May 2018 The skater, who made headlines ahead of his arrival in Pyeongchang, South Korea, for critiquing Vice President Mike Pence, finished third in his event, but first in the hearts of Olympic viewers everywhere. Cady Lang, Time, "The Internet Is Enchanted With Adam Rippon's Olympic Debut," 12 Feb. 2018 Others are quick to critique that Obama did something similar (referencing a 2013 incident when border guards used pepper spray against migrants who threw rocks at them). Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "If You're Defending Tear Gassing Children, You're a Horrible Person," 28 Nov. 2018 Not even minutes after the photo went up, commenters flocked to the image to critique and rate how the babies—babies!—looked. Yaminah Mayo, Glamour, "Khloé Kardashian Shouldn't Have to 'Block Out' Racist Remarks About True," 20 Sep. 2018 For as long as monarchies have existed they’ve been enshrined and critiqued in works of art. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Thoroughly Modern Meghan," 21 May 2018 Plenty of experts eagerly critique mothers and fathers who choose to help children under 13 set up Facebook accounts. Susan Dominus, Redbook, "Underage on Facebook," 4 Jan. 2012 All three candidates stood up for Mexico in relations with its northern neighbor, but the contest was between those who supported the sociopolitical system and those who critiqued it. Kenneth F. Greene, Washington Post, "What’s next for Mexico? Here are 5 things you need to know.," 6 July 2018

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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

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critique

noun

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)

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