self-cri·​tique ˌself-krə-ˈtēk How to pronounce self-critique (audio)
plural self-critiques
: the act or an instance of critically examining oneself
self-critique entails constant attention to the critic's own work, as well as to the work of others concerned with the same problems.Jackie Byars

Examples of self-critique in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The engine of the story, which is teeming with jokes and inside jokes, critiques and self-critiques, as well as esoteric allusions, is Keesha’s desire to transcend the confines of the Blackground by securing her own autonomous plotline. Thomas Chatterton Williams, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2024 That tendency toward self-critique may ultimately have been the tragic flaw of Menand’s midcentury creatives. Beverly Gage, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-critique was in 1872

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“Self-critique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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