- 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 censuring
If he gave a speech criticizing rich “plutocrats,” he qualified it by censuring the “mob” as well.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics
July 24, 2014
Censuring Cuban is the surest way to breed the Donald Sterlings of tomorrow.Thank You, Mark Cuban, for Speaking Up
May 23, 2014
Such is their manner of praising the one and censuring the other.The Republic
Understand, I am not censuring you for being a nameless waif.Torchy, Private Sec.
I notice this event, not with a view of censuring or criticising it.Thirty Years' View (Vol. I of 2)
Thomas Hart Benton
For why will not censuring too far, prove you hypocrites also, if it prove them such?A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4)
It is his stile and manner only I am censuring; for these are exceedingly faulty.Dissertation on the English Language
Noah Webster, Jr.
- severe disapproval; harsh criticism
- to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
Word Origin and History for censuring
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.