Meaning of critique


As a verb, critique means to review or examine something critically. As a noun, a critique is that review or examination, like an art essay or a book report.

The French version of this word is spelled the same (meaning “the art of criticism”) and came from the Greek kritike tekhne (“the critical art”). This shouldn’t come as a great surprise, since it was the Greeks who gave us such masters of the critique as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Today, through book reports, argument papers, and critical essays, we carry on the tradition of the critique, which is one of the most important skills we’ll ever learn in school.

Definitions of critique
  1. verb

    appraise critically

    critique this performance”


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    peer review, referee

    evaluate professionally a colleague’s work
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    evaluate, judge, pass judgment

    form a critical opinion of

  2. noun

    a serious examination and judgment of something



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    a critical study (as of a writer’s work)
    knock, roast

    negative criticism

    criticism of yourself
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    critical analysis, critical appraisal

    an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation

  3. noun

    an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)


    critical review, review, review article

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    book review

    a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)

    a short critical review

    an extravagantly enthusiastic review
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    criticism, literary criticism

    a written evaluation of a work of literature

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