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 Rather, her account of their homogenizing procedures can’t quite be called a critique. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "What a Lost Psych-Ward Memoir Teaches Us About Madness," 5 Jan. 2021 Four years earlier, Schumacher had achieved international fame as the author of Small Is Beautiful, a trenchant critique of the spiritual poverty and delusional frameworks of mainstream economics. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "The Urgent Case for Shrinking the Economy," 28 Dec. 2020 Later, @lenibriscoe, the Twitter user who threaded out Hilaria Baldwin’s media miscues, shot down a critique suggesting Baldwin’s behavior is bizarre but otherwise innocent. Los Angeles Times, "‘I am a white girl,’ Hilaria Baldwin responds to doubts about Spanish heritage," 28 Dec. 2020 While a critique of fast-fashion existed prior to the pandemic, Covid-19 accelerated adoption of secondhand shopping—bringing the role of circular business models to the forefront of consumers’ consciousness. Jacqueline Davalos, Bloomberg.com, "Holiday Shoppers With Money to Burn Covet Secondhand Luxury," 22 Dec. 2020 On the menu today: foreign investment in China, a massive cyberattack, the boost to small banks from PPP, and a new critique of economic theory. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Wall Street Bets Big on China," 14 Dec. 2020 In an interview with Vulture, even Fincher offered a gentle critique of Kael. Washington Post, "Who actually wrote ‘Citizen Kane’? David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ revives the debate.," 5 Dec. 2020 The singer-songwriter shares a laser sharp takedown of the patriarchy, offering up a poetic critique of society's deep history of misogyny and homophobia. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "New Music To Know: Use Your Words," 20 Nov. 2020 What sounded like a moving anecdote about the American Dream morphed into a critique of both the entertainment industry and the naive notion of linear racial progress. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Forget SNL. The Best Election Satire Is on TikTok.," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Her status as both an outsider and insider to white feminism’s default identity gives her a prime vantage point from which to critique its mechanisms. Nicole Graev Lipson, BostonGlobe.com, "A rousing call for change in Koa Beck’s ‘White Feminism’," 2 Jan. 2021 This is not the first time Lizzo has clapped back at those who critique her body. Harper's BAZAAR, "Lizzo Reminds Us That No One Can Tell Her What To Do with Her Body," 15 Dec. 2020 Crouch would then take a post-show walk right up to the band and critique the music to the players’ faces. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020 The Cheshire Cat and the Houyhnhnms must have taught her that comedy and critique both work by casting the familiar aspects of life in new, doubtful guises. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "How Leonora Carrington Feminized Surrealism," 21 Dec. 2020 It's posted online, and was published in the New England Journal of Medicine for any expert to review and critique. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Covid-19 vaccine can't be safe and other myths," 18 Dec. 2020 Friedman shared how Haefner was a mentor to him and would critique tapes of his teen efforts to break into broadcasting at a community radio station. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "WJR news director Dick Haefner says goodbye to listeners after 51 years on Detroit radio," 10 Dec. 2020 The Zoom workshop will let participating writers create, share, and critique original work while learning to develop their own voice. Gabriel Morley | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Free help with civil legal clinic issues is being offered through the Orleans library," 3 Dec. 2020 Like Big Little Lies and other shows about flawed people of means, The Undoing soon punctures its protagonists’ facade to critique their many privileges. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "On TV, Having Wealth Means You Get to Suffer Beautifully," 27 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Jan 2021

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“Critique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critique. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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critique

noun
How to pronounce critique (audio)

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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