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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.
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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.
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verb (used without object), cen·sured, cen·sur·ing.
  1. to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.
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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 formscen·sur·er, nouncen·sure·less, adjectivemis·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, adjectivesu·per·cen·sure, nounun·cen·sured, adjectiveun·cen·sur·ing, adjective
Can be confusedblame censure condemn (see synonym study at blame)censer censor censure sensor

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Synonym study

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

Antonyms for censure

1–3. praise.
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Historical Examples of censurer

  • The head-master had the generosity to bear his censurer no grudge for his outspokenness.

    The Silent Isle

    Arthur Christopher Benson

  • Reflect′iveness; Reflect′or, one who, or that which, reflects: a mirror or polished reflecting surface: a censurer.

  • It is easy to find a censurer of the sins of the land, but hard to find a true mourner for the sins of the land.

  • Peevish, querulous, a panegyrist of former times when he was a boy, a chastiser and censurer of his juniors.

  • The censurer, and the censured, will stand at the same bar, and be tried by the same Judge.

British Dictionary definitions for censurer


  1. severe disapproval; harsh criticism
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  1. to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
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Derived Formscensurer, noun

Word Origin for censure

C14: from Latin cēnsūra, from cēnsēre to consider, assess
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Word Origin and History for censurer



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]
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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.

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