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a critical essay or analysis; an instance of formal criticism: The critique was devastating.
Not to be confused with:
critic – one who censures; a person who reviews literary, artistic, or musical works, etc.: The critic gave a rave review of the play.
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 1700s, but lately this usage has gained much wider currency, partly because the once-neutral verb criticize is now used mainly in a negative sense. The use of critique as a verb is widely though not universally accepted: In our 2016 survey, the sentence As mock inquisitors grill him, top aides take notes and critique the answers with the President afterward was deemed acceptable by 63 percent of the Usage Panel, while 62 percent approved of the sentence Students are taught how to do a business plan and then they are critiqued on it. But a substantial minority of readers are annoyed by the verb, partly because borrowings from French can sound pretentious, partly because verbs derived from nouns sometimes have trouble gaining acceptance. There is no exact synonym, but in some contexts one can substitute evaluate or review. · The use of critique as a noun is uncontroversial: in our 2016 survey, 93 percent of the Usage 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