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censorious

[ sen-sawr-ee-uhs, -sohr- ]
/ sɛnˈsɔr i əs, -ˈsoʊr- /
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adjective

severely critical; faultfinding; carping.

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Origin of censorious

1530–40; <Latin cēnsōrius of a censor, hence, austere, moral; see censor, -tory1

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British Dictionary definitions for censorious

censorious
/ (sɛnˈsɔːrɪəs) /

adjective

harshly critical; fault-finding

Derived forms of censorious

censoriously, adverbcensoriousness, noun
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