from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A critical review or commentary, especially one dealing with works of art or literature.
  • n. A critical discussion of a specified topic.
  • n. The art of criticism.
  • transitive v. Usage Problem To review or discuss critically.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Essay in which another piece of work is criticised, reviewed, etc.
  • v. To review something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of criticism.
  • n. A critical examination or estimate of a work of literature or art; a critical dissertation or essay; a careful and thorough analysis of any subject; a criticism.”
  • n. A critic; one who criticises.
  • transitive v. To criticise or pass judgment upon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A critical examination or review of the merits of something, especially of a literary or artistic work; a critical examination of any subject: as, Addison's critique on “Paradise Lost.”
  • n. The art or practice of criticism; the standard or the rules of critical judgment: as, Kant's “Critique of the Pure Reason.” Also critic.
  • n. An obsolete spelling of critic, 1 and 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. appraise critically
  • n. an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
  • n. a serious examination and judgment of something


French, from Greek kritikē (tekhnē), (art) of criticism, feminine of kritikos, critical; see critic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French critique, from New Latin critica ("critique"), feminine of criticus ("critical"); see critic. (Wiktionary)



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