think piece

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Definition of think piece

: a piece of writing meant to be thought-provoking and speculative that consists chiefly of background material and personal opinion and analysis

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There were think pieces about her multinational heritage (her mother, who is Japanese, and her father, who is Haitian-born, married in the face of resistance—biracial relationships were, and still are, rare in Japan). Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "The New Number One: Naomi Osaka Is Playing to Win," 21 Mar. 2019 But last week she was forced to backpedal after using a vulgar four-letter word to refer to Ivanka Trump; the incident has been at the center of countless debates and think pieces. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Fosters’ and ‘Full Frontal With Samantha Bee’," 6 June 2018 Bibliophiles, like the authors of these think pieces on OprahMag.com and The Washington Post, argue that any sensible person wouldn't get rid of books that have taken you on adventures or deepened your imagination. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "4 Marie Kondo Approved Ways to Get Rid of Your Books," 11 Jan. 2019 For so much more with Gethard, including his thoughts on the long, strange journey of his TV show and his reflections on an era where think pieces and comedy sets are blending together, listen to the full episode. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Comedian Chris Gethard on offensive humor: tell the jokes, but don’t police the response," 30 Nov. 2018 Indeed, the earliest citation Stamper can find—from the U.K. newspaper The Independent in 2010—is fittingly meta: in a think piece begging tourism marketers to stop dreaming up awkward words. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Made-Up Travel Words We Love to Hate," 18 July 2018 But Gibson seems to have gotten his comeback, regardless of any number of outraged think pieces. Constance Grady, Vox, "Mel Gibson has set the blueprint for a #MeToo comeback. Expect other men to follow it.," 24 July 2018 That is to say nothing of the endless think pieces and pseudo-investigative reports about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's 'do. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Is Hair the One Thing On Which Male and Female Politicians Are On Equal Footing?," 14 July 2016 With it, those summer pieces that once lived only on your Instagram feed can now end up in your closet — think pieces from Sandy Liang, The Row, Isabel Marant, and more. refinery29.com, "The Outnet Just Launched Its Designer Mega Sale," 24 May 2018

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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