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censure

[sen-sher] /ˈsɛn ʃər/
noun
1.
strong or vehement expression of disapproval:
The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
2.
an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.
verb (used with object), censured, censuring.
3.
to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner:
She is more to be pitied than censured.
verb (used without object), censured, censuring.
4.
to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.
Origin of censure
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cēnsūra censor's office, assessment, equivalent to cēns(us) past participle of cēnsēre (see censor) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
censurer, noun
censureless, adjective
miscensure, verb, miscensured, miscensuring.
precensure, verb (used with object), precensured, precensuring.
procensure, adjective
supercensure, noun
uncensured, adjective
uncensuring, adjective
Can be confused
blame, censure, condemn (see synonym study at blame)
censer, censor, censure, sensor.
Synonyms
1. condemnation, reproof, reproach, reprehension, rebuke, reprimand, stricture, animadversion. 3. reprove, rebuke, chide.
Antonyms
1–3. praise.
Synonym Study
1. See abuse. 3. See blame, reprimand.
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  • It censured Mrs. McKee severely for having been, so to speak, and accessory after the fact.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • They censured the mayor for his weakness and called for the militia.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Let me not be censured for mentioning such minute particulars.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • Does he ever venture to vindicate his conduct, when censured for it?

  • Her conduct would unquestionably be criticised and censured.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
British Dictionary definitions for censured

censure

/ˈsɛnʃə/
noun
1.
severe disapproval; harsh criticism
verb
2.
to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
Derived Forms
censurer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin cēnsūra, from cēnsēre to consider, assess
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Word Origin and History for censured

censure

v.

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]

censure

n.

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.

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