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critique

noun cri·tique \ krə-ˈtēk , kri- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of critique

: an act of criticizing; especially : a critical (see critical 1c) estimate or discussion
  • a critique of the poet's work
  • an honest critique of her art

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Examples of critique in a Sentence

  1. She wrote a radical critique of the philosopher's early essays.

  2. They gave a fair and honest critique of her art.

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of 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 1critic


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critique

verb

Definition of critique

critiqued; critiquing
transitive verb
: to examine critically : review
  • critique the plan

Examples of critique in a Sentence

  1. The class convened to critique the student's latest painting.

Recent Examples of critique from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of critique

derivative of 1critique


CRITIQUE Defined for English Language Learners

critique

noun

Definition of critique for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of critique for English Language Learners

  • : to express your opinion about the good and bad parts of (something) : to give a critique of (something)



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