critique vs criticize : Common Errors in English

About critique vs criticize

A critique is a detailed evaluation of something. The formal way torequest one is “give me your critique,” though people often sayinformally “critique this"—meaning “evaluate it thoroughly.” But"critique” as a verb is not synonymous with “criticize” and should notbe routinely substituted for it. “Josh critiqued my backhand” means Joshevaluated your tennis technique but not necessarily that he found itlacking. “Josh criticized my backhand” means that he had a low opinionof it.You can write criticism on a subject, but you don’t criticize onsomething, you just criticize it.

critique Meaning(s)

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

criticize Meaning(s)

  • (v) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
  • (v) act as a critic

critique in News

  1. Mikulski pauses to take on tweet

    The senator halts her hearing to respond to a critique from BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Politico

  2. The Force not always with Star Wars

    Since I expressed displeasure last month with Star Wars and the cultural expectation that we know and care all about it, I've received a steady stream of letters offering critiques of my viewpoint, although "critique" may be too delicate a word for some of the sentiments expressed therein.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Chicago Tribune

  3. Three Ways Andrew Luck Can Improve in 2013

    COMMENTARY | It's difficult to critique the performance of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft came to Indy, took over a woeful team and led them to an 11-5 regular season record and a playoff berth, setting several NFL rookie records along the way. He delivered more than any Colts fan could have ever dreamed.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Yahoo! Contributor Network via Yahoo! Sports

criticize in News

  1. Rights groups criticize Iran for pre-election harassment

    DUBAI (Reuters) - Human rights groups have criticized Iran for curbing dissidents and journalists before Friday's presidential poll, the first since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's disputed re-election ignited popular fury in 2009. From the disqualification of high-profile candidates to controls on campaigning and televised debates, the authorities have done all they can to prevent any repeat of the ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Snowden’s U.S. hacking claim captures Chinese attention

    The allegations line up with arguments by Beijing that the U.S. has little standing to criticize China
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Washington Post

  3. Democrats sharply criticize $28.3 billion budget passed in Pa. House

    By Brad Bumsted, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review HARRISBURG — Democrats sharply criticized a $28.3 billion state spending plan for 2013-14 the House approved on Wednesday that did not include an expansion of ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Mckeesport Daily News

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