adjective cen·so·ri·ous \sen-ˈsr-ē-əs\

: having or showing a tendency to criticize someone or something severely : very critical

Full Definition of CENSORIOUS

:  marked by or given to censure <censorious comments> <a censorious critic>
cen·so·ri·ous·ly adverb
cen·so·ri·ous·ness noun

Examples of CENSORIOUS

  1. The stunt earned her the scorn of her censorious older sister.
  2. I was surprised by the censorious tone of the book review.


Latin censorius of a censor, from censor
First Known Use: 1536

Synonym Discussion of CENSORIOUS

critical, hypercritical, faultfinding, captious, carping, censorious mean inclined to look for and point out faults and defects. critical may also imply an effort to see a thing clearly and truly in order to judge it fairly <a critical essay>. hypercritical suggests a tendency to judge by unreasonably strict standards <hypercritical disparagement of other people's work>. faultfinding implies a querulous or exacting temperament <a faultfinding reviewer>. captious suggests a readiness to detect trivial faults or raise objections on trivial grounds <a captious critic>. carping implies an ill-natured or perverse picking of flaws <a carping editorial>. censorious implies a disposition to be severely critical and condemnatory <the censorious tone of the review>.


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