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: Noun

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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

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 In early September, the county committee staff released its own critique of the Malibu plan. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 Bravo extended his critique to the way council members routinely approve contracts and board appointments without knowing anything about the details. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Sep. 2021 While the 59-year-old Republican stopped short of criticizing Trump by name, his critique of the GOP was clearly centered on the former President and his lies about the 2020 election. Michael Warren, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 Sincerity and good intentions have nothing to do with my critique. David John Marotta, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 One of the things that stuck out to me was your critique of the way that people have this insatiable desire for self-optimization and self-quantification. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 26 Aug. 2021 Participants read their pieces and receive constructive critique. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Aug. 2021 Tencent, responding to Tuesday’s blistering critique, pledged to curb game time and even broached a sweeping ban on gaming for kids. Time, 4 Aug. 2021 This critique, however persuasive as a reading of many liberal politicians, does not do justice to the intellectuals and journalists who have driven the national debate on these issues. Matthew Karp, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Longtime judge Paul Hollywood, who has been with the series in the beginning, will once again be around to critique the bakers on their bakes (no soggy bottoms, please!). Dave Quinn,, 8 Sep. 2021 Who would critique a baseball manager who over five seasons holds a .619 winning percentage, a Major League Baseball record? Los Angeles Times, 24 Apr. 2021 There's constant infighting among space fans, many of whom come in the form of anonymous accounts that rally around SpaceX and Musk as diehard defenders, levying threats or insults at those who critique the company. Tamir Kalifa For Cnn, CNN, 9 Apr. 2021 Nonetheless, Israelis need to respect the concerns of those who critique our actions without demonizing us. Yossi Klein Halevi, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021 Meanwhile, even as foreign journalists have been expelled from China, access to information about the country is far greater, partly due to the many Chinese-origin journalists and researchers who critique Beijing’s official narratives. Mary Hui, Quartz, 15 Apr. 2021 Although some Twitter design employees were rattled by the meeting in which they were required to critique one another, Mr. Davis said several had thanked him for the candid feedback. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Students may have to critique arguments over whether cities should use red light cameras or if a municipality should ban plastic bags. Emily Donaldson, Dallas News, 30 Apr. 2021 Using the salutation on an envelope to critique your living arrangements is, Miss Manners suspects, too subtle for your friend. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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“Critique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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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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