- strong or vehement expression of disapproval: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
- an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.
- to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner: She is more to be pitied than censured.
- to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.
Origin of censure
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Examples from the Web for censure
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement deploring the state GOP for its failure to censure Duke.The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
The article states that the agency could have voted sanctions against Maco ranging from censure to disbarment.The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast
Robert B. Weide
January 27, 2014
Still, Bergé insisted that he did not get overly involved or censure the film in any way.The Making of Fashion Legend Yves Saint Laurent
January 14, 2014
After the vote to censure, Stubbs simply said, “All members of Congress are in need of humbling experiences from time to time.”History’s Progressive Gay Politicians that Paved the Way for Mike Michaud
November 5, 2013
Or even to be able to count on the support of elected legislators who could, if they wished, censure you.The Dictatorship of Public Opinion on Syria
September 11, 2013
With an influence so great she had simply said, "Spare of censure this man for my sake."Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Wanhope waited for a thoughtful moment of censure eventuating in toleration.Quaint Courtships
Should we not be particularly careful to keep clear of the faults we censure?
How often, my dear, have you and I endeavoured to detect and censure this partial spirit in others?
It is there one lives exempt from the assaults of censure, detraction, and calumny.The History of Louisiana
Le Page Du Pratz
- severe disapproval; harsh criticism
- to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
Word Origin and History for censure
late 14c., originally ecclesiastical, from Latin censura "judgment, opinion," also "office of a censor," from census, past participle of censere "appraise, estimate, assess" (see censor (n.)). General sense of "a finding of fault and an expression of condemnation" is from c.1600.
1580s, from censure (n.) or else from French censurer, from censure (n.). Related: Censured; censuring.
Such men are so watchful to censure, that the have seldom much care to look for favourable interpretations of ambiguities, to set the general tenor of life against single failures, or to know how soon any slip of inadvertency has been expiated by sorrow and retractation; but let fly their fulminations, without mercy or prudence, against slight offences or casual temerities, against crimes never committed, or immediately repented. [Johnson, "Life of Sir Thomas Browne," 1756]