[sen-sawr-ee-uh s, -sohr-]
- severely critical; faultfinding; carping.
Origin of censorious
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Examples from the Web for censorious
Socrates asks what manner of man was this censorious critic.Euthydemus
"We live in a censorious world, Citoyenne," he answered gravely.The Trampling of the Lilies
"It's a hard, censorious world, this," answered the elder man.The Borough Treasurer
Joseph Smith Fletcher
No one, I tell you, not even the most strait-laced or censorious.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
Prescott was not a censorious person, and he had a liking and some pity for the man.Prescott of Saskatchewan
- harshly critical; fault-finding
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Word Origin and History for censorious
"fond of criticizing," 1530s, from Latin censorius "pertaining to a censor," also "rigid, severe," from censor (see censor (n.)). Related: Censoriously; censoriousness.
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