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, 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

They were influenced greatly by the Pop Art movement — as well as the critiques and responses to the movement — happening in those places in the 1960s. Sarah Maiellano, USA TODAY, "The best museum exhibits in Europe this summer," 18 June 2018 Comey set up an unprecedented public challenge from someone of his stature to a sitting commander in chief, framing the most penetrating critique of Trump's White House yet from an establishment figure. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump now faces Comey's moral assault," 16 Apr. 2018 Dershowitz’s latest critique of the investigation came after FBI agents searched Michael Cohen’s office earlier this month. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "What Happened to Alan Dershowitz?," 23 Apr. 2018 One critique of the Obama Administration was that foreign policy had been too centralized at the White House, with N.S.C. staffers doing the kind of operational decision-making that is better left to departments and agencies. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, "McMaster and Commander," 23 Apr. 2018 The other critique is that Ryan will deal with just about anything Trump does in order to get policy victories like the tax overhaul. Phil Mattingly, CNN, "The '2-by-4' that hit Paul Ryan before his decision not to run again," 11 Apr. 2018 The program will be the annual violet display with members bringing in plants for display (no judging/awards, no critiques). Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Daughters of American Revolution recognize mentor," 9 Apr. 2018 The president’s critique is shared by some of his usual adversaries in the Democratic Party. Michael D. Shear, Nick Wingfield And Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Trump Attacks Amazon, Saying It Does Not Pay Enough Taxes," 29 Mar. 2018 Nicki Minaj has verbally attacked a writer over a critique of latest music. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Kenya Moore Shows Off Her Growing Baby Bump On Instagram," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Emblematic of the politics surrounding ECOT: The Ohio Democratic Party unveiled a website critiquing Yost's relationship with the school. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland.com, "Democrats again push ECOT as a central campaign issue," 10 May 2018 These, of course, are the portals to the world that dozens of artists explore, critique and celebrate in the show proper, a somewhat frenetic assemblage situated inside the museum’s fourth-floor galleries. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "MCA's new 'I Was Raised on the Internet' exhibition asks what the web has done to us," 2 July 2018 From posting Instagram stories of Lonzo's food to critiquing each other's fashion choices, the two have a long history of roasting each other. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Lonzo Ball Releases Kyle Kuzma Diss Track," 11 June 2018 On a conference call this spring with colleagues, Mr. Harford, the company’s chief operating officer, critiqued a new ad that showed a mixed-race couple, said five people familiar with the conversation. New York Times, "At Uber, New Questions Arise About Executive Behavior," 13 July 2018 Cole, while doing Shakespeare, also critiques the privilege of the text, in all its hegemonic Anglo majesty. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "At Gift, a 'Hamlet' with all kinds of ambition," 13 June 2018 John's not bringing me his songs to critique, either. Tom Roland, Billboard, "Downtown Music Publishing Promotes Steve Markland to SVP A&R in Nashville," 24 Apr. 2018 In an age of increasingly polarizing politics, Tester’s 30-second spot didn’t critique the president. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Republican Montana Senate candidates embody Trump in effort to take on Tester," 1 June 2018 The Duchess of Sussex made a stunning appearance in a blush Prada skirt set, but some viewers still spoke out on social media to critique her sitting style. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Crossed Her Legs at a Royal Function—But Other Royals Have Done It Before," 27 June 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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