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[kri-teek] /krɪˈtik/
an article or essay criticizing a literary or other work; detailed evaluation; review.
a criticism or critical comment on some problem, subject, etc.
the art or practice of criticism.
verb (used with object), critiqued, critiquing.
to review or analyze critically.
Origin of critique
1695-1705; < French < Greek kritikḗ the art of criticism, noun use of feminine of kritikós critical, skilled in judging; replacing critic
Can be confused
critic, criticism, critique. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for critique
  • To critique how the dinosaurs and monsters were drawn would be a futile exercise.
  • Afterwards join other artists in a gentle critique of the works.
  • Book reviewers are trained to evaluate and critique texts.
  • Have students discuss and critique each other's responses.
  • The more inventive are using philosophy and the arts to critique dominant business mindsets.
  • Other intellectuals found his critique of totalitarianism too harsh.
  • We've also been attracting new members among faculty who agree that the sustainability movement is ripe for critique.
  • In retrospect, my critique of modern psychiatry was probably too mild.
  • Let us critique it in the context of our overall academic success.
  • Don't look to the book, then, for an explanation of hiring trends in academe or for a critique of the faculty-labor system.
British Dictionary definitions for critique


a critical essay or commentary, esp on artistic work
the act or art of criticizing
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Greek kritikē, from kritikos able to discern
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Word Origin and History for critique

1702, restored French spelling of 17c. critick "art of criticism" (see critic), ultimately from Greek kritike tekhne "the critical art."

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