[ kri-teek ]
/ krɪˈtik /


an article or essay criticizing a literary or other work; detailed evaluation; review.
a criticism or critical comment on some problem, subject, etc.
the art or practice of criticism.

verb (used with object), cri·tiqued, cri·ti·quing.

to review or analyze critically.

Origin of critique

1695–1705; < French < Greek kritikḗ the art of criticism, noun use of feminine of kritikós critical, skilled in judging; replacing critic
Can be confusedcritic criticism critique Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for critique


/ (krɪˈtiːk) /


a critical essay or commentary, esp on artistic work
the act or art of criticizing

Word Origin for critique

C17: from French, from Greek kritikē, from kritikos able to discern
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Word Origin and History for critique



1702, restored French spelling of 17c. critick "art of criticism" (see critic), ultimately from Greek kritike tekhne "the critical art."

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