censorious

[ sen-sawr-ee-uh s, -sohr- ]
/ sɛnˈsɔr i əs, -ˈsoʊr- /

adjective

severely critical; faultfinding; carping.

Nearby words

  1. cenozoic,
  2. cense,
  3. censer,
  4. censor,
  5. censorial,
  6. censoriously,
  7. censorship,
  8. censual,
  9. censurable,
  10. censure

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 Formscensoriously, adverbcensoriousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for censorious

censorious

adj.

"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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