censure


1cen·sure

noun \ˈsen(t)-shər\

: official strong criticism

Full Definition of CENSURE

1
:  a judgment involving condemnation
2
archaic :  opinion, judgment
3
:  the act of blaming or condemning sternly
4
:  an official reprimand

Examples of CENSURE

  1. The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.
  2. <a rare censure of a senator by the full United States Senate for misconduct>

Origin of CENSURE

Latin censura, from censēre
First Known Use: 14th century

2censure

transitive verb

: to officially criticize (someone or something) strongly and publicly

cen·suredcen·sur·ing \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of CENSURE

1
obsolete :  estimate, judge
2
:  to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy
cen·sur·er \ˈsen(t)-shər-ər\ noun

Examples of CENSURE

  1. He was censured by the committee for his failure to report the problem.
  2. <a vote to censure the President for conduct that was unbecoming to his office>

First Known Use of CENSURE

1587

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