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censure

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noun cen·sure \ˈsen(t)-shər\

Simple Definition of censure

  • : official strong criticism

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of censure

  1. 1 :  a judgment involving condemnation

  2. 2 archaic :  opinion, judgment

  3. 3 :  the act of blaming or condemning sternly

  4. 4 :  an official reprimand

Examples of censure in a sentence

  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


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censure

verb cen·sure

Simple Definition of censure

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of censure

censuredcensuring play \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  estimate, judge

  3. 2 :  to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy

censurer play \ˈsen(t)-shər-ər\ noun

Examples of censure in a sentence

  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>



Did You Know?

Censure and its synonyms criticize, reprehend, condemn, and denounce all essentially mean "to find fault with openly." Additionally, censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and often refers to an official action. Criticize implies finding fault with someone’s methods, policies, or intentions, as in "the commentator criticized the manager’s bullpen strategy." Reprehend implies sharp criticism or disapproval, as in "a teacher who reprehends poor grammar." Condemn usually suggests a final unfavorable judgment, as in "the group condemned the court’s decision to execute the criminal." Denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration, as in "her letter to the editor denounced the corrupt actions of the mayor’s office."

1587

First Known Use of censure

1587

Synonym Discussion of censure

criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions <criticized the police for using violence>. reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking <reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students>. censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding <a Senator formally censured by his peers>. reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction <reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle>. condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment <condemned the government's racial policies>. denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration <a pastoral letter denouncing abortion>.

CENSURE Defined for Kids

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censure

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noun cen·sure \ˈsen-shər\

Definition of censure for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of finding fault with or blaming

  2. 2 :  an official criticism




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censure

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verb cen·sure

Definition of censure for Students

censuredcensuring

  1. :  to find fault with especially publicly




Law Dictionary

censure

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noun cen·sure \ˈsen-chər\

Legal Definition of censure

  1. :  an expression of official disapproval <a House resolution approving a censure of the representative>

censure transitive verb




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