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

And this critique, emphasizing both corruption and fecklessness, remains potent in left-of-center circles. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 But Neymar probably will brush off these critiques and jokes without too much concern. Raisa Bruner, Time, "People Have Feelings About Neymar's Dramatic Reactions at the World Cup," 2 July 2018 The stingy tie-outs and small entryway also fall into these critiques. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Review: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents," 28 June 2018 As a metaphor, the installation is at once a teasing critique and a tongue-in-cheek celebration of Pakistan’s jostling urbanism, giving exhibition-goers a taste of Karachi without sparing them its vexing particulars. Ian Volner, Curbed, "Pakistan’s first-ever Venice Architecture Biennale pavilion is all about cities," 6 June 2018 Sunshine Writers Meets 1st Tuesday of the month, 5:30-7 p.m. Sunshine Writers & Rainbow Friends critique and network. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Religious leaders who align with the oppressive policies of the empire are subjected to especially harsh critiques in Scripture. Rachel Held Evans, Washington Post, "The Bible is literature for the resistance," 12 July 2018 Stigler and those influenced by his work had very sophisticated ideas about how to audit and slowly take over the agencies by getting them to internalize [their] positions and critiques. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Big Pharma Was Captured by the One Percent," 28 June 2018 Lynch’s films and TV work are biting, unnerving critiques of an American dream gone rotten at its core. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "David Lynch says his Trump endorsement was out of context, asks Trump to “turn the ship around”," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Last year, Clinton came to 11-year-old Barron Trump's defense when people critiqued his outfits for being too casual. Emma Baty, Cosmopolitan, "FYI, Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton Are No Longer Friends," 6 Mar. 2018 On a conference call this spring with colleagues, Harford, the company’s chief operating officer, critiqued a new ad that showed a mixed-race couple, said five people familiar with the conversation. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 In her three-star writeup, Callahan critiqued the dry cheeseburger and lamented the soggy zeppoles. Michelle Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "Woman claims restaurant manager showed up on her doorstep after negative Yelp review," 2 May 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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