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 censuring
If he gave a speech criticizing rich “plutocrats,” he qualified it by censuring the “mob” as well.The GOP’s Last Identity Crisis Remade U.S. Politics|Michael Wolraich|July 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Censuring Cuban is the surest way to breed the Donald Sterlings of tomorrow.
But perhaps he was only expressing his own discomfort, not giving his real judgment, and I might be censuring him too hardly.Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood|George MacDonald
Father de la Mothe wrote to me, that all persons of learning and of piety united in censuring me.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon|Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
To part with my right of Censuring, my Judgment, my Understanding!
A further inscription beyond that already quoted was once in existence, censuring the judge and jury who condemned him.The Brighton Road|Charles G. Harper
But not for a moment would Shirley listen now to his censuring himself further, and quickly she cut him off.The Red Mouse|William Hamilton Osborne
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.