Definition of critique in English:

critique

noun

  • A detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory.

    ‘a critique of Marxist historicism’
    • ‘The radical critique of the political is an excuse for refusal rather than grounds for collective agency.’
    • ‘Some people who ask for critiques want critiques.’
    • ‘If critique of social and political reality was possible in the East, its forum was cultural life.’
    • ‘In Cuba he did political critiques via painting installations based on posters and billboards.’
    • ‘Please feel free to leave constructive critiques and comments, as I would love to hear all your opinions on my progress.’
    • ‘His reputation rests on his incisive critiques of literary and political innocence and immaturity.’
    • ‘They came back to me with detailed critiques, but maintained the same level of enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Insightful, if a bit cagey, critiques of modern political philosophy.’
    • ‘In addition, there are two further political critiques of public equity investment.’
    • ‘However, postmodernism has figured more prominently in internal critiques of feminist theories.’
    • ‘There is no space here to engage in a detailed critique of this approach.’
    • ‘You'll find reviews of the latest literary fiction, along with critiques of the work.’
    • ‘All I was trying to give him was, ahem, a contribution to a critique of his political economy.’
    • ‘Its failings should be exposed in detailed published critiques.’
    • ‘Historical critique exposes the flaws or limitations of each of the political traditions.’
    • ‘In all, this is a fascinating overview with some detailed critiques.’
    • ‘I hardly see any point in having critiques and comments if they are to be publicized outside the paper.’
    • ‘This second use is very important to bear in mind as we try to assess the critiques of globalisation that have been recently aired in different forms.’
    • ‘I would not erase the good that has been accomplished through identity-based cultural critiques and political efforts.’
    • ‘Each operated and trained its members on the basis of its particular analyses and its critique of the others.’
    analysis, evaluation, assessment, appraisal, appreciation, review, write-up
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Evaluate (a theory or practice) in a detailed and analytical way.

    ‘the authors critique the methods and practices used in the research’
    • ‘They argued, discussed, rendered discourses and critiqued each other's theories.’
    • ‘It intrigues me that a weblog should be critiqued.’
    • ‘I have critiqued such studies too often to want to do it again.’
    • ‘And when it comes to critiquing unfinished work, my guideline is to simplify.’
    • ‘They spent a half day in small groups, critiquing the evolving theory and inventory of learning outcomes.’
    • ‘Although it may be too much to expect, it would have been useful to see how the other authors used and critiqued this framework.’
    • ‘Many authors have evaluated and critiqued news Web sites and speculated about their future.’
    • ‘Each week, two participants will email a short story or novel excerpt to the entire class, to be read and critiqued the following week.’
    • ‘You also need to submit an essay discussing and critiquing the technique of a painter of your choice.’
    • ‘In any case, the suggestion that I should have talked to him before critiquing his article lacks a basis in any journalistic practice.’
    • ‘So many of our conversations over the past three years have been critiquing other establishments, and discussing how we would run them.’
    • ‘The authors begin by critiquing some pronouncements that have been made by people who oppose the idea of race.’
    • ‘Before critiquing the author's work, a brief synopsis of the article is necessary.’
    • ‘It was so lovely to sit around the fire, drink wine, eat good food, and talk about stuff that didn't involve critiquing each other's work!’
    • ‘By critiquing one another, and listening to one another, we can make a difference in the world and protect human rights.’
    • ‘In critiquing his poems, reviewers substituted epithets for analysis.’
    • ‘All of this points to the need for a theory of organization, and we can start to think about such a theory by critiquing the concept of work.’
    • ‘After every practice, he sat in Morgan's office, watched tape from the practice and critiqued himself.’
    • ‘It is simply looking at scientific data and critiquing it.’
    • ‘Then I discovered a course that offered the opportunity to have your writing critiqued by a published author through correspondence.’
    deal with, be about, cover, be concerned with, concern itself with, discuss, speak about, talk about, write about, go into, explore, investigate, tackle, handle
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Origin

Mid 17th century (as a noun): from French, based on Greek kritikē tekhnē ‘critical art’.

Pronunciation

critique

/krɪˈtiːk/