verb (used with object), cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.
verb (used without object), cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.
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What does censure mean?
Censure is passionate or intense criticism, as in Many countries were united in their censure of the nation responsible for the nuclear disaster.
Censure can also refer to an official condemnation or reprimand, especially by a legislative body to one of its members, as in The lawyer’s terrible conduct earned him a censure from the judge.
As a verb, censure means to intensely and harshly criticize something, as in The governor was censured by the media for his incredibly poor handling of the state’s hurricane response.
Censure could be confused with the similarly spelled words censer, censor, and sensor. A censer is a container that holds burning incense. A censor is a person who looks for unacceptable or immoral material in media or creative works. A sensor is a device that sends a signal in reaction to environmental conditions.
Example: The musician faced intense censure from other artists after stealing melodies and their career never recovered from the backlash.
Where does censure come from?
The first records of censure come from around 1350. It ultimately comes from the Latin cēnsēre, meaning “to consider” or “to assess.” In the case of censure, a person has considered the actions of someone else and has come to an incredibly negative assessment of them.
Censure is a synonym of such words as criticize, scold, rebuff, and chastise. However, censure is often specifically used to mean that the criticism is incredibly severe and negative. The word censure often implies that a person being censured is going to literally or figuratively suffer horribly because of whatever terrible or reprehensible thing they did.
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What are some other forms related to censure?
- censurer (noun)
- censureless (adjective)
- miscensure (verb)
- precensure (verb)
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How is censure used in real life?
Censure is used to refer to especially harsh criticism or an official show of contempt by a government body.
The House will soon be voting on a historic resolution that would censure Trump "for his racist and xenophobic comments" about Reps. Omar, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley — all women of color. Only one US president, Andrew Jackson, was ever censured — and that happened in 1834.
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) July 16, 2019
Despite being censured by the Election Commission, controversial Samajwadi Party Leader Azam Khan remains defiant #India2014
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) April 17, 2014
Diamond firm rejecting qualified Muslim MBA's application is unpardonable. Glad that it is being censured by the media.
— shunali khullar shroff (@shunalishroff) May 22, 2015
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How to use censure in a sentence
Parler has been operating without censure from the app stores for months, and got a boost in popularity around the November election.Apple and Google are likely to slow down enforcement again after Capitol riot bans|Gerrit De Vynck, Reed Albergotti, Jay Greene|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
To get a maximum number of law deans to sign on, the language was made broad and intentionally did not name anybody or call for any kind of censure, they said.157 law deans denounce attempted insurrection and effort to decertify election — but don’t name names|Valerie Strauss|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
Few politicians are willing to test the limits and risk their career ending in impeachment, censure, or even arrest.
Expulsion or at least censure and loss of committee seats is necessary to underscore the depth of their offense.
During the tight lockdowns in some parts of Europe, dog owners have been especially privileged — giving them a pass to leave their homes without fear of governmental censure.Traveling through the pandemic in the company of dogs|Walter Nicklin|December 18, 2020|Washington Post
Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League issued a statement deploring the state GOP for its failure to censure Duke.
American universities have come under censure for failing to adequately protect students from sexual and physical assault.Don’t Blame The NFL And Colleges For Mishandling Assault Cases|Emily Shire|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thompson escaped the ire of Times reporters and avoided official censure during a subsequent BBC investigation.
The article states that the agency could have voted sanctions against Maco ranging from censure to disbarment.
Still, Bergé insisted that he did not get overly involved or censure the film in any way.
As such it is now presented to the public for whatever meed of praise or censure it is found to deserve.
I issued a censure, and ordered that no one should agree to their conclusions, and that the Dominicans should not hold them.
I cannot too severely censure the habit of using sentences which admit of a double meaning.
It may, perhaps, be one of the unfortunate works which have already fallen under his censure.
I therefore do not censure those who desire to see their daughters happily and suitably established in life.