verb (used with object), cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.
verb (used without object), cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.
- census taker,
- census tract,
- cent sign
Origin of censure
Examples from the Web for censured
In the end, he was censured by the House and stripped of his chairmanship.Charlie Rangel on Immigration, Pope Francis & His Successor|David Freedlander|August 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rangel, after having been censured by the House in late 2010 for a litany of abuses, survived reelection.The Taxonomy of Scandals: Is Obama Nearing a Breaking Point?|Lloyd Green|May 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But he also censured his fellow council members for not speaking out earlier.Fearing Public Backlash, Israeli Settlers Speak Out Against Their Own|Dan Ephron|June 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Rangel was censured by the full House, the first time that's happened to a member in nearly 25 years.
Charlie Rangel was censured for not paying taxes on his Dominican villa—but at least he made up to $500,000 on its sale.
As this moralizing did not fit in with the facts of his life he was censured for it, as shown above.The Student's Companion to Latin Authors|George Middleton
For this unseemly haste the Virginia authorities have been censured.John Brown, Soldier of Fortune|Hill Peebles Wilson
No wonder he was censured for the reckless sacrifice of his soldiers at Bunker Hill.The Story of American History|Albert F. Blaisdell
On my conscience, I believe it has only made him worse; because he knew he never should be censured by such a pattern of meekness.The Sylph, Volume I and II|Georgiana Cavendish
In general orders he censured the call and the address as irregular, and then appointed a time and place for the meeting.George Washington, Vol. I|Henry Cabot Lodge
Word Origin for censure
1580s, from censure (n.) or else from French censurer, from censure (n.). Related: Censured; censuring.
Such men are so watchful to censure, that the have seldom much care to look for favourable interpretations of ambiguities, to set the general tenor of life against single failures, or to know how soon any slip of inadvertency has been expiated by sorrow and retractation; but let fly their fulminations, without mercy or prudence, against slight offences or casual temerities, against crimes never committed, or immediately repented. [Johnson, "Life of Sir Thomas Browne," 1756]
late 14c., originally ecclesiastical, from Latin censura "judgment, opinion," also "office of a censor," from census, past participle of censere "appraise, estimate, assess" (see censor (n.)). General sense of "a finding of fault and an expression of condemnation" is from c.1600.