[sen-sawr-ee-uh s, -sohr-]


severely critical; faultfinding; carping.

Origin of censorious

1530–40; < Latin cēnsōrius of a censor, hence, austere, moral; see censor, -tory1
Related formscen·so·ri·ous·ly, adverbcen·so·ri·ous·ness, nounan·ti·cen·so·ri·ous, adjectivean·ti·cen·so·ri·ous·ly, adverban·ti·cen·so·ri·ous·ness, nounnon·cen·so·ri·ous, adjectivenon·cen·so·ri·ous·ly, adverbnon·cen·so·ri·ous·ness, nouno·ver·cen·so·ri·ous, adjectiveo·ver·cen·so·ri·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·cen·so·ri·ous·ness, nounun·cen·so·ri·ous, adjectiveun·cen·so·ri·ous·ly, adverbun·cen·so·ri·ous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for censorious

Contemporary Examples of censorious

  • Yet jollity and gloom are still at war in our censorious age.

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    A History of American Fun

    Stefan Beck

    February 9, 2014

  • But amid all the censorious protests against “self-censorship” an important legal principle has been ignored.

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    Three Cheers for Censorship!

    Lee Siegel

    August 30, 2009

Historical Examples of censorious

British Dictionary definitions for censorious



harshly critical; fault-finding
Derived Formscensoriously, adverbcensoriousness, noun
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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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