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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British Dictionary definitions for thinkpiece
/ (ˈθɪŋkˌpiːs) /
a newspaper or magazine article expressing the writer's thoughts or opinions about a particular matter
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Idioms and Phrases with thinkpiece
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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