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

v appraise critically

“Please critique this performance”
Synonyms:
review
Types:
peer review, referee
evaluate professionally a colleague's work
Type of:
evaluate, judge, pass judgment
form a critical opinion of

n a serious examination and judgment of something

Synonyms:
criticism
Types:
examen
a critical study (as of a writer's work)
knock, roast
negative criticism
self-criticism
criticism of yourself
Type of:
critical analysis, critical appraisal
an appraisal based on careful analytical evaluation

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

Synonyms:
critical review, review, review article
Types:
book review
a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)
notice
a short critical review
rave
an extravagantly enthusiastic review
Type of:
criticism, literary criticism
a written evaluation of a work of literature
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