[ sen-sher ]
/ ˈsɛn ʃər /


strong or vehement expression of disapproval: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.

verb (used with object), cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.

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.

to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.

Nearby words

  1. censorious,
  2. censoriously,
  3. censorship,
  4. censual,
  5. censurable,
  6. census,
  7. census taker,
  8. census tract,
  9. cent,
  10. cent sign

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

Related forms
Can be confusedblame censure condemn (see synonym study at blame)censer censor censure sensor

Synonym study

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

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British Dictionary definitions for censure


/ (ˈsɛnʃə) /


severe disapproval; harsh criticism


to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
Derived Formscensurer, noun

Word Origin for censure

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

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