critique

noun
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

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: Noun

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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 film focusses on the individual stories of students who succeed or don’t, of teachers who achieve good results or don’t (and even one who quits midyear), but the film’s scope is national and its critique is systemic. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "What to Stream: Alan and Susan Raymond’s Prescient Documentaries of Police, Prison, and Schools," 1 Aug. 2020 The critique elicited a torrent of applause from the invitation-only audience at Ebenezer Baptist Church, the famed institution that Lewis attended and where Martin Luther King Jr., Lewis’s mentor and ally, once preached. Richard Fausset, BostonGlobe.com, "John Lewis, a Man of ‘Unbreakable Perseverance,’ Laid to Rest," 31 July 2020 Gallego, who said she's seen Phoenix residents wait in line for 12 or more hours to get a COVID-19 test, doubled down on her critique of the federal COVID-19 response. Jessica Boehm, The Arizona Republic, "Feds downplay Phoenix mayor's COVID-19 testing concerns, but commit to new mass test site in west Phoenix," 9 July 2020 One critique was aimed at the suggestion that this was the first time business leaders have come together after racial unrest. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "New Detroit Inc. declares 'war on racism' in response to uprisings over police brutality," 6 July 2020 As the crisis spread from Asia to Europe and the United States, President Trump seized on the critique, using the agency’s treatment of China to divert attention from shortcomings in the U.S. response. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, "Scientists urge WHO to address airborne spread of coronavirus," 5 July 2020 Ramowich claimed to have deciphered, between the lines of the author’s light romantic novels, an acerbic critique of consumer society and a pointed analysis of social divisions. New York Times, "Leila Slimani," 8 July 2020 But Black Lives Matter protesters could easily turn the tables, using the credibility bestowed on their critique of American society by Beijing to criticize its treatment of ethnic minorities. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Uighur Lives Matter," 30 June 2020 Zhu, who is also an artist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, says the project arose from the best possibilities of the internet and tech culture, and became a critique of its worst excesses. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "It is What it Is vibes on the best and worst of the tech hype cycle," 30 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The campers can access the live virtual camp on any device, can replay the sessions and submit videos of their drills Smith will watch and critique. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Mercury All-Star Brittney Griner participating in JET ACADEMY virtual basketball camp," 1 Aug. 2020 It’s been evident for as long as there have been societies and art to critique them. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "In This American Revolution, Even the Oscars Have a Role," 3 July 2020 Disney Animation's Story Trust is a feedback meeting where these creatives from other Disney projects can offer critique. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The heartbreaking story behind a Frozen 2 character and other moments from Into the Unknown," 27 June 2020 Invited millions to observe and critique the journey. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelor Ben Higgins Sweetly Reflects on 'Twists and Turns' That Led to Fiancée Jessica Clarke," 24 June 2020 In doing so, Obama is signaling a willingness to sharply critique his successor, President Donald Trump, and fill what many Democrats see as a national leadership void. Time, "Obama Holds Town Hall Event as Nation Confronts a Confluence of Crises," 4 June 2020 In doing so, Obama is signaling a willingness to sharply critique his successor, President Donald Trump, and fill what many Democrats see as a national leadership void. Julie Pace, Anchorage Daily News, "Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises," 4 June 2020 By now, the story and accompanying graphic has spread widely and swiftly (OK, yes, virally), both among publications trumpeting Blocken’s results and those critiquing them. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Are Running or Cycling Actually Risks for Spreading Covid-19?," 14 Apr. 2020 Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns and conducts research on political messaging and public opinion, stopped short of critiquing Pelosi's tack. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Pelosi's 'foregone conclusion' problem on impeachment," 25 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of critique was in 1653

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“Critique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critique. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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critique

noun
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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)

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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