- 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 censured
In the end, he was censured by the House and stripped of his chairmanship.Charlie Rangel on Immigration, Pope Francis & His Successor
August 2, 2013
Rangel, after having been censured by the House in late 2010 for a litany of abuses, survived reelection.The Taxonomy of Scandals: Is Obama Nearing a Breaking Point?
May 27, 2013
But he also censured his fellow council members for not speaking out earlier.Fearing Public Backlash, Israeli Settlers Speak Out Against Their Own
June 29, 2012
Rangel was censured by the full House, the first time that's happened to a member in nearly 25 years.Why the House Can’t Police Itself
July 22, 2011
Charlie Rangel was censured for not paying taxes on his Dominican villa—but at least he made up to $500,000 on its sale.How Rich Are They?
June 16, 2011
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
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?The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Her conduct would unquestionably be criticised and censured.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- severe disapproval; harsh criticism
- to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
Word Origin and History for censured
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]
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.