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cri·​tique krə-ˈtēk How to pronounce critique (audio)
: 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


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critiqued; critiquing

transitive verb

: to examine critically : review
critique the plan

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What’s the difference between criticism and critique? There’s some overlap in meaning, but they’re not the same in every situation. Criticism is most often used broadly to refer to the act of negatively criticizing someone or something (“I’m more interested in encouragement right now than criticism”) or a remark or comment that expresses disapproval (“She shared a minor criticism about the design”), while critique is a more formal word for a carefully expressed judgment, opinion, or evaluation of both the good and bad qualities of something—for example, books or movies. Thus, a critic can write a critique that may be full of criticism.

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



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


derivative of critique entry 1

First Known Use


1679, in the meaning defined above


1752, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of critique was in 1679


Dictionary Entries Near critique

Cite this Entry

“Critique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an act or instance of criticizing
especially : a critical estimate or discussion


2 of 2 verb
critiqued; critiquing
: to examine critically : review
critiqued the plan

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