- 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.
- to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner: She is more to be pitied than censured.
- to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.
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Historical Examples of uncensured
That his misdeed was allowed to pass unpunished and uncensured, may have encouraged others to follow his and Lucrezia's example.Filippo Lippi
Paul G. Konody
- severe disapproval; harsh criticism
- to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
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.