adjective \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


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