Definition of critique in US English:

critique

noun

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

    • ‘You'll find reviews of the latest literary fiction, along with critiques of the work.’
    • ‘In Cuba he did political critiques via painting installations based on posters and billboards.’
    • ‘In all, this is a fascinating overview with some detailed critiques.’
    • ‘All I was trying to give him was, ahem, a contribution to a critique of his political economy.’
    • ‘However, postmodernism has figured more prominently in internal critiques of feminist theories.’
    • ‘Each operated and trained its members on the basis of its particular analyses and its critique of the others.’
    • ‘I hardly see any point in having critiques and comments if they are to be publicized outside the paper.’
    • ‘They came back to me with detailed critiques, but maintained the same level of enthusiasm.’
    • ‘His reputation rests on his incisive critiques of literary and political innocence and immaturity.’
    • ‘Insightful, if a bit cagey, critiques of modern political philosophy.’
    • ‘Historical critique exposes the flaws or limitations of each of the political traditions.’
    • ‘I would not erase the good that has been accomplished through identity-based cultural critiques and political efforts.’
    • ‘In addition, there are two further political critiques of public equity investment.’
    • ‘Please feel free to leave constructive critiques and comments, as I would love to hear all your opinions on my progress.’
    • ‘There is no space here to engage in a detailed critique of this approach.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its failings should be exposed in detailed published critiques.’
    • ‘Some people who ask for critiques want critiques.’
    • ‘The radical critique of the political is an excuse for refusal rather than grounds for collective agency.’
    • ‘If critique of social and political reality was possible in the East, its forum was cultural life.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although it may be too much to expect, it would have been useful to see how the other authors used and critiqued this framework.’
    • ‘It intrigues me that a weblog should be critiqued.’
    • ‘You also need to submit an essay discussing and critiquing the technique of a painter of your choice.’
    • ‘The authors begin by critiquing some pronouncements that have been made by people who oppose the idea of race.’
    • ‘I have critiqued such studies too often to want to do it again.’
    • ‘By critiquing one another, and listening to one another, we can make a difference in the world and protect human rights.’
    • ‘Before critiquing the author's work, a brief synopsis of the article is necessary.’
    • ‘They argued, discussed, rendered discourses and critiqued each other's theories.’
    • ‘After every practice, he sat in Morgan's office, watched tape from the practice and critiqued himself.’
    • ‘In any case, the suggestion that I should have talked to him before critiquing his article lacks a basis in any journalistic practice.’
    • ‘It is simply looking at scientific data and critiquing it.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘They spent a half day in small groups, critiquing the evolving theory and inventory of learning outcomes.’
    • ‘So many of our conversations over the past three years have been critiquing other establishments, and discussing how we would run them.’
    • ‘Then I discovered a course that offered the opportunity to have your writing critiqued by a published author through correspondence.’
    • ‘In critiquing his poems, reviewers substituted epithets for analysis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And when it comes to critiquing unfinished work, my guideline is to simplify.’
    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

/kriˈtēk//krɪˈtik/