Definition of metacritique in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmɛtəkrɪˈtiːk/


  • A counter-critique; a critique of the grounds of, the assumptions involved in, or the wider implications of an existing critique.

    In early use only with reference to the works of Hamann and Herder.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Biblical Repertory. From French métacritique from méta- + critique, translating German Metacritik (J. G. Herder Verstand u. Erfahrung: eine Metakritik zur reinen Vernunft; slightly earlier in J. G. Hamann Metacritik über den Purismus der reinen Vernunft).