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censorious

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

Simple Definition of censorious

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of censorious

  1. :  marked by or given to censure <censorious comments> <a censorious critic>

censoriously

adverb

censoriousness

noun

Examples of censorious in a sentence

  1. The stunt earned her the scorn of her censorious older sister.

  2. I was surprised by the censorious tone of the book review.



Origin and Etymology of censorious

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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