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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.
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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  • But there were some unexpected critiques of the program, too.
  • The use of social media could also have been better-managed to counter critiques of exclusion.
  • None of the critiques seem to directly address why any particular item is not linked to aging.
  • Even presidents, who often told us privately that our critiques were overdue, stick to bromides in public.
  • Think of it as the hysterical upgrading of ugly visions of the future already found in polite critiques of higher ed.
  • Crucially, reformers tied these structural critiques to practical problems and their solutions.
  • His work is open to all the usual--and credible--critiques.
  • It's easy to dismiss sci fi flicks as clumsy and loud, but the critiques miss a key virtue.
  • Both critiques are, in my view, wrong but they're also a bit schizophrenic.
  • But it's the way you bring in political critiques that determines whether a work of art is propaganda.
British Dictionary definitions for critiques


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 critiques



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

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