Definition of critique in English:

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Pronunciation: /krɪˈtiːk/


A detailed analysis and assessment of something, especially a literary, philosophical, or political theory: a critique of Marxist historicism
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  • His reputation rests on his incisive critiques of literary and political innocence and immaturity.
  • Insightful, if a bit cagey, critiques of modern political philosophy.
  • 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.
analysis, evaluation, assessment, appraisal, appreciation, review, write-up;
criticism, critical essay, textual examination, commentary, study, treatise, discourse, exposition, disquisition, account, exegesis
British informal crit
rare anatomization

verb (critiques, critiquing, critiqued)

[with object]
Evaluate (a theory or practice) in a detailed and analytical way: the authors critique the methods and practices used in the research
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  • They spent a half day in small groups, critiquing the evolving theory and inventory of learning outcomes.
  • Many authors have evaluated and critiqued news Web sites and speculated about their future.
  • They argued, discussed, rendered discourses and critiqued each other's theories.


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

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