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 novel’s politics are not subtle, and its critique of capitalism and its advocacy of social upheaval appear to have played a role in Jasieński’s subsequent deportation from France. Pasha Malla, The New Yorker, "“I Burn Paris” and the Temptation of Newly Topical Fiction," 30 Oct. 2020 Taylor’s employment at the Department of Homeland Security and role in the administration’s immigration policy were highly relevant to his critique. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Don’t Let Miles Taylor Get Away With Being a Fraud," 28 Oct. 2020 And then came the critique about how his two interceptions showed his flaws and didn’t help Alabama in their pursuit for back-to-back titles after falling to Clemson as a sophomore. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins want Tua Tagovailoa to be himself following arduous journey to his first career start vs. Rams," 31 Oct. 2020 As a result, according to this critique, police unions are bad labor allies, because a truly egalitarian society is one in which police are far less socially useful. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, "How Police Unions Bully Politicians," 20 Oct. 2020 People who are open to feedback and other ideas and don't take critique personally. Lydia Belanger, Fortune, "How 2020 Best Small Workplace YNAB recruits and retains great people," 16 Oct. 2020 Politicians, athletes and other public figures are subject to this critique, as well. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Celebrities aren't all wearing masks in public, but they should be: 'They can influence us'," 12 Oct. 2020 The most stinging critique had to do with the death rate in New York’s nursing homes, which are privately operated but state regulated. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Andrew Cuomo, the King of New York," 12 Oct. 2020 There have long been parallels to cop shows that follow professions such as law, emergency response, and firefighting, and this critique applies to them too. Stephen Kearse, The Atlantic, "The End of The Fictional Cop," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Arfmann says the team performed research tests in East Harlem homes asking families to critique the game and discuss media representation. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "How Miles Morales in his own Spider-Man video game confronts racial disparity in gaming," 14 Nov. 2020 Twitter users still quote-tweeted the president en masse, both to critique and to support the company’s response. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, "Twitter flags Trump election tweets as misleading," 3 Nov. 2020 Sheridan has also proven willing to critique himself in the Hoosiers’ pursuit of perfection. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football offensive coordinator prepares for his alma mater," 3 Nov. 2020 Each group will be assigned one judge to critique them. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "This Week's 'Dancing With the Stars' Relay Could Turn the Competition on Its Head," 30 Oct. 2020 Boot goes on to critique Trump for his overall response and rhetoric, and not without reason. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "Max Boot’s Case for Chinese Empire," 20 Oct. 2020 Argument and critique on thorny subjects is vital to scientific inquiry, however. Zachary Siegel, The New Republic, "Scientists Are Finally Denouncing Trump. What Took So Long?," 20 Oct. 2020 There’s plenty to critique in Smith’s original presentation, from the lack of many ethnic minorities to including just one artist from above the Mason-Dixon Line. Washington Post, "The other side of America’s iconic folk anthology is entrancing — but also plenty disturbing," 20 Oct. 2020 Looks like even Lucas Bravo has something to critique about Emily in Paris. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Emily in Paris" Star Lucas Bravo Thinks Show’s Haters are "Right, In a Way"," 13 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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20 Nov 2020

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“Critique.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/critique. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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