censure

[ sen-sher ]
/ ˈsɛn ʃər /
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noun

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.

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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

synonym study for censure

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

OTHER WORDS FROM censure

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH censure

1. blame, censure , condemn (see synonym study at blame)2. censer, censor, censure , sensor
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British Dictionary definitions for censure

censure
/ (ˈsɛnʃə) /

noun

severe disapproval; harsh criticism

verb

to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn

Derived forms of censure

censurer, noun

Word Origin for censure

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