censorious

adjective
cen·​so·​ri·​ous | \ sen-ˈsȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce censorious (audio) \

Definition of censorious

: marked by or given to censure (see censure entry 1 sense 2) censorious comments a censorious critic

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Other Words from censorious

censoriously adverb
censoriousness noun

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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

Examples of censorious in a Sentence

The stunt earned her the scorn of her censorious older sister. I was surprised by the censorious tone of the book review.
Recent Examples on the Web The festival has its roots in a competition that began in the 17th century to ensure quality wines from the region, with a grading system that often got censorious — with some winegrowers who didn’t pass muster all but shunned. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers’ fest," 24 July 2019 Shooting in censorious China had to happen underground without proper permits, for fear that authorities would shut down production. NBC News, "Taiwan opens doors wider to LGBTQ content," 13 Dec. 2019 The festival has its roots in a competition that began in the 17th century to ensure quality wines from the region, with a grading system that often got censorious — with some winegrowers who didn’t pass muster all but shunned. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers’ fest," 24 July 2019 Many censorious old habits have waned—but some endure. The Economist, "A culture clash in the Caucasus," 29 Aug. 2019 The festival has its roots in a competition that began in the 17th century to ensure quality wines from the region, with a grading system that often got censorious — with some winegrowers who didn’t pass muster all but shunned. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers’ fest," 24 July 2019 Williamson does not disappoint for those who are attracted to this work to get the inside scoop on his own brush with the censorious mob that ejected him from a brief tenure at The Atlantic over a ginned-up, intellectually dishonest contretemps. Noah Rothman, National Review, "Kevin Williamson’s Revolt against the Hivemind," 25 July 2019 The festival has its roots in a competition that began in the 17th century to ensure quality wines from the region, with a grading system that often got censorious — with some winegrowers who didn’t pass muster all but shunned. Jamey Keaten, chicagotribune.com, "Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers’ fest," 24 July 2019 Many of the censorious open letters that have been signed by academics in recent years share three important features. The Economist, "“Academic mobbing” undermines open inquiry and destroys the soul of universities," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of censorious

1536, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for censorious

borrowed from Latin cēnsōrius "of a censor, severe," derivative of cēnsor censor entry 1

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31 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Censorious.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censorious. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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censorious

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How to pronounce censorious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of censorious

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

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