Definition of critique in English:



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

    • ‘Insightful, if a bit cagey, critiques of modern political philosophy.’
    • ‘In all, this is a fascinating overview with some detailed critiques.’
    • ‘In Cuba he did political critiques via painting installations based on posters and billboards.’
    • ‘The radical critique of the political is an excuse for refusal rather than grounds for collective agency.’
    • ‘There is no space here to engage in a detailed critique of this approach.’
    • ‘I would not erase the good that has been accomplished through identity-based cultural critiques and political efforts.’
    • ‘All I was trying to give him was, ahem, a contribution to a critique of his political economy.’
    • ‘They came back to me with detailed critiques, but maintained the same level of enthusiasm.’
    • ‘Please feel free to leave constructive critiques and comments, as I would love to hear all your opinions on my progress.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Historical critique exposes the flaws or limitations of each of the political traditions.’
    • ‘In addition, there are two further political critiques of public equity investment.’
    • ‘I hardly see any point in having critiques and comments if they are to be publicized outside the paper.’
    • ‘His reputation rests on his incisive critiques of literary and political innocence and immaturity.’
    • ‘Each operated and trained its members on the basis of its particular analyses and its critique of the others.’
    • ‘However, postmodernism has figured more prominently in internal critiques of feminist theories.’
    • ‘Its failings should be exposed in detailed published critiques.’
    • ‘You'll find reviews of the latest literary fiction, along with critiques of the work.’
    analysis, evaluation, assessment, appraisal, appreciation, review, write-up
    criticism, critical essay, textual examination, commentary, study, treatise, discourse, exposition, disquisition, account, exegesis
    View synonyms


  • Evaluate (a theory or practice) in a detailed and analytical way.

    ‘the authors critique the methods and practices used in the research’
    • ‘It is simply looking at scientific data and critiquing it.’
    • ‘By critiquing one another, and listening to one another, we can make a difference in the world and protect human rights.’
    • ‘Although it may be too much to expect, it would have been useful to see how the other authors used and critiqued this framework.’
    • ‘Each week, two participants will email a short story or novel excerpt to the entire class, to be read and critiqued the following week.’
    • ‘Then I discovered a course that offered the opportunity to have your writing critiqued by a published author through correspondence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘You also need to submit an essay discussing and critiquing the technique of a painter of your choice.’
    • ‘Before critiquing the author's work, a brief synopsis of the article is necessary.’
    • ‘Many authors have evaluated and critiqued news Web sites and speculated about their future.’
    • ‘It intrigues me that a weblog should be critiqued.’
    • ‘After every practice, he sat in Morgan's office, watched tape from the practice and critiqued himself.’
    • ‘In critiquing his poems, reviewers substituted epithets for analysis.’
    • ‘In any case, the suggestion that I should have talked to him before critiquing his article lacks a basis in any journalistic practice.’
    • ‘They argued, discussed, rendered discourses and critiqued each other's theories.’
    • ‘And when it comes to critiquing unfinished work, my guideline is to simplify.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have critiqued such studies too often to want to do it again.’
    • ‘They spent a half day in small groups, critiquing the evolving theory and inventory of learning outcomes.’
    deal with, be about, cover, be concerned with, concern itself with, discuss, speak about, talk about, write about, go into, explore, investigate, tackle, handle
    View synonyms


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