[ sen-sher ]
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  1. strong or vehement expression of disapproval: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.

  2. an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.

verb (used with object),cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.
  1. to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner: She is more to be pitied than censured.

verb (used without object),cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.
  1. to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.

Origin of censure

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin cēnsūra censor's office, assessment, equivalent to cēns(us) past participle of cēnsēre (see censor) + -ūra-ure

synonym study For censure

1. See abuse. 3. See blame, reprimand.

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Other words from censure

  • cen·sur·er, noun
  • cen·sure·less, adjective
  • mis·cen·sure, verb, mis·cen·sured, mis·cen·sur·ing.
  • pre·cen·sure, verb (used with object), pre·cen·sured, pre·cen·sur·ing.
  • pro·cen·sure, adjective
  • su·per·cen·sure, noun
  • un·cen·sured, adjective
  • un·cen·sur·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for censure


/ (ˈsɛnʃə) /

  1. severe disapproval; harsh criticism

  1. to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn

Origin of censure

C14: from Latin cēnsūra, from cēnsēre to consider, assess

Derived forms of censure

  • censurer, noun

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