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[sen-sawr-ee-uh s, -sohr-]
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  1. severely critical; faultfinding; carping.
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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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Related Words for censorious

captious, carping, complaining, critical, disparaging, fault-finding, hypercritical, severe, accusatory, overcritical, chiding, condemnatory

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British Dictionary definitions for censorious


  1. harshly critical; fault-finding
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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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