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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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Examples from the web for critiquing
  • The powers that be could pretend they didn't know a nobleman was stooping to farce and, worse, critiquing his peers.
  • Others specialized in critiquing mainstream media coverage of science.
  • Again, it appears that you are mocking rather than critiquing.
  • Buller gets many things wrong in that article, including the entire scientific agenda of the field he is critiquing.
  • Many letters chastised me for critiquing science in such a public venue.
  • Two other people encouraging, critiquing, motivating makes a huge difference.
  • Strange how a post critiquing writing kind of droned on a bit too long.
  • But it also seemed to me to be a little obsessed with what it was critiquing.
  • Being angry is natural too, a book critiquing unbridled anger is fine.
  • It also allows for sharing of experience when critiquing the training.
British Dictionary definitions for critiquing


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 critiquing



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

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