think piece


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

Examples of think piece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sizable audiences that pour in for each movie, podcast, and think piece about the horrors of the 2000s clearly also enjoy the trip down memory lane—a trip defined by images and songs that are now said to be the products of exploitation. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 25 May 2021 In 2014, the emergence of the larger iPhone 6 caused the Atlantic to publish a think piece about the gender imbalance in pocket design. Rory Satran, WSJ, 1 May 2021 Yes, many protest and march and write outraged think pieces like this one. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2019 America's newfound love for seltzer has inspired think pieces and intense debates about brands and flavors. Popular Science, 9 Oct. 2019 This last find was auctioned off at Protheroe’s of London, sparking a series of think pieces on these gothic curiosities, these bloody orchids. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, 9 Oct. 2019 Since its release, the show has become a stronghold in pop culture, becoming the subject of everything from memes to think pieces. Leah Asmelash, CNN, 9 Apr. 2020 Vital New York Times’ think pieces aside, life in Corona lockdown has been pretty innocuous for me so far. Michelle Collins, Marie Claire, 26 Mar. 2020 Those who hope to sway voters away from Trump through endless berating think pieces will fail. Andrew T. Walker, National Review, 10 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of think piece

1941, in the meaning defined above

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28 May 2021

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“Think piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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