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 for critique

Synonyms: Noun

criticism, examen, notice, review

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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


She wrote a radical critique of the philosopher's early essays. They gave a fair and honest critique of her art.


The class convened to critique the student's latest painting.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While some of these critiques may be valid, at times they are leveled by the same promoters who fill their events with male luchadores whose gimmicky personas often involve little technical ability. Nell Haynes, The Conversation, "How indigenous women revolutionized Bolivian wrestling," 5 July 2019 Another aspect of the critique of Trump’s policy is a fear that U.S. brinkmanship with Iran will lead to a repeat of the Iraq War that started in 2003. Eli Lake, Twin Cities, "Eli Lake: Don’t blame Trump for Iran’s aggression," 20 June 2019 There are a lot of critiques that can be leveled against Trump in that regard, but some of the most notable ones are Trump’s treatment of women. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Joe Biden Isn't the Best Alternative to Trump," 6 May 2019 Many of Stevens’ critiques of capitalism and inequality are within the lines of what Mixon himself preaches. Alana Semuels, The Atlantic, "The Preacher Who Wanted to Save Silicon Valley’s Soul," 29 May 2018 As the credibility gap widened from the Johnson to Nixon administrations, the logic of Mad’s Cold War critique became more relevant. Michael J. Socolow, Smithsonian, "In its Heyday, Mad Magazine Was a Lot More Than Silly Jokes," 11 May 2018 While his response was intended as a critique of the media’s obsession with male candidates, several viewers took umbrage and considered the response sexist. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "“Are all the white guys running together in people’s minds?” The unusual role identity is playing in the 2020 Democratic primary," 9 June 2019 Other critiques of the film point out that the scenes of bullets killing people underwater go against the laws of physics. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "What’s the Most Accurate D-Day Movie? Here’s What 3 Movies Got Right—and Wrong," 5 June 2019 This critique of Fukaya’s work — and the attention McDuff and Wehrheim have drawn to symplectic geometry’s shaky foundations in general — has created significant controversy in the field. Quanta Magazine, "A Fight to Fix Geometry’s Foundations," 9 Feb. 2017

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Was there any connection between you signing up for this movie, which also critiques the role technology plays in society? Kaitlin Reilly,, "Child's Play Star Aubrey Plaza Talks Her Scariest Chucky Moment On Set," 24 June 2019 Additionally, many fans critiqued Pokémon Go for taking too long to add features like trading Pokémon and battling with other players. Xavierharding, Fortune, "Harry Potter Wizards Unite Casts a Spell to Become 2019's Pokémon Go," 20 June 2019 In 2017, Google employee James Damore, who was later fired, wrote a controversial memo critiquing Google's diversity policies. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "He didn't have a computer growing up. Now he's CEO of Google," 17 June 2019 Women’s expanding presence in conservation For over 30 years environmental conservation in the United States has been critiqued for being led by white, wealthy people, mainly men. Jennifer Solomon, The Conversation, "Women are rising in the conservation movement, but still face #MeToo challenges," 19 June 2019 There's most certainly a way to critique outfit choices that doesn't employ tired, ageist ideas about what how a woman is supposed to dress. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "A Fashion Editor Said Supermodel Helena Christensen Was Too Old to Wear a Bustier—and People Aren’t Having It," 30 Apr. 2019 Asking questions of coaches and players in real time on the field amid the intense NFL atmosphere with millions of viewers critiquing word choice, speaking style and wardrobe is a daunting assignment. USA TODAY, "For Tafoya, preparation is key going into 4th Super Bowl," 31 Jan. 2018 Some have critiqued the company for, in their view, moving too slowly in removing white supremacist content, in particular. Shirin Ghaffary, Vox, "Twitter’s top policy exec said there’s “no doubt” that some social media content contributes to radicalization," 11 June 2019 The protagonist, Scott Bradley, critiques their looks, ridicules their boyfriends and is enraged by their disdain. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019

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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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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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