an article analyzing and giving the background of a news event, often with the author's opinions and forecast for the future.
Origin of think piece
First recorded in 1940–45
Also called dope story.
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An article that presents news analysis, background material, and the author's opinions, as in Her goal was to write think pieces but the editor kept assigning crime stories. [c. 1940]
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