[ 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.

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 confused

blame 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 censured


/ (ˈsɛnʃə) /


severe disapproval; harsh criticism


to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn

Derived Forms

censurer, noun

Word Origin for censure

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