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A critical evaluation or analysis, especially one dealing with works of art or literature.
tr.v. cri·tiqued, cri·tiqu·ing, cri·tiques Usage Problem
To evaluate or analyze critically.
[French, from Greek kritikē (tekhnē), (art) of criticism, feminine of kritikos, critical; see critic.]
Usage Note: Critique has been used as a verb meaning "to review or discuss critically" since the 18th century, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, in part because the verb criticize, once neutral between praise and censure, is now mainly used in a negative sense. But this use of critique is still regarded by many as pretentious jargon, although resistance appears to be weakening. In our 1997 survey, 41 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the sentence As mock inquisitors grill him, top aides take notes and critique the answers with the President afterward. Ten years earlier, 69 percent disapproved of this same sentence. Resistance is still high when a person is critiqued: 60 percent of the Usage Panel rejects its use in the sentence Students are taught how to do a business plan and then are critiqued on it. Thus, it may be preferable to avoid this word as a verb. There is no exact synonym, but in most contexts one can usually substitute go over, review, or analyze. Note, however, that critique is widely accepted as a noun in a neutral context; 86 percent of the Panel approved of its use in the sentence The committee gave the report a thorough critique and found it both informed and intelligent.
1. (Art Terms) a critical essay or commentary, esp on artistic work
2. the act or art of criticizing
[C17: from French, from Greek kritikē, from kritikos able to discern]
n., v. -tiqued, -ti•quing. n.
1. an article or essay evaluating a literary or other work; review.
2. a criticism or critical comment on some subject, problem, etc.v.t.
3. to review or analyze critically.
[1695–1705; < French < Greek kritikḗ the art of criticism]
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|Noun||1.||critique - an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)|
book review - a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)
notice - a short critical review; "the play received good notices"
rave - an extravagantly enthusiastic review; "he gave it a rave"
|2.||critique - a serious examination and judgment of something; "constructive criticism is always appreciated"|
examen - a critical study (as of a writer's work)
self-criticism - criticism of yourself
|Verb||1.||critique - appraise critically; "She reviews books for the New York Times"; "Please critique this performance"|
pass judgment, evaluate, judge - form a critical opinion of; "I cannot judge some works of modern art"; "How do you evaluate this grant proposal?" "We shouldn't pass judgment on other people"
n → Kritik f