cen·​so·​ri·​ous | \sen-ˈsȯr-ē-əs \

Definition of censorious 

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

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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.

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But as Xiomara wrestles to embrace her independence and nascent sexuality in the face of a censorious, extremely religious mother, The Poet X eventually reveals itself as a rhythmic literalization of a young woman finding her voice. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Andrea, by contrast, keeps her own feelings at arm’s length while permitting herself to slink around with him, out of view of her censorious and gossip-loving friends. Christine Sneed, New York Times, "She’s Here, She’s Queer, She’s Figuring Out What That Means," 11 Apr. 2018 But other Protestant intellectuals broke with the censorious mind-set. Linda Gordon, The New Republic, "How birth-control leaders found allies in American religious groups," 5 Apr. 2018 His entourage gathered around the book for a long moment, until Mr. Boyega wrinkled his nose and ran a censorious finger along the image of his untidy hairline. Ben Widdicombe, New York Times, "How John Boyega Went From ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper to Sci-Fi Producer," 28 Feb. 2018 Last year, Ajit Pai, head of the Federal Communications Commission, cited the censorious nature of tech companies as a reason to revoke net neutrality. Bloomberg.com, "Google Should Be Worried About This Possible Missouri Lawsuit," 8 Mar. 2018 ROME— Pope Francis chastised Vatican bureaucracy to its face on Thursday, bringing a censorious end to a year in which tensions between the pontiff and senior officials spilled out into the open. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Decries ‘Cancer’ of Plotting and Pride in Vatican," 21 Dec. 2017 One side claims the industry hasn’t done enough to address its reputation for sexism and social insensitivity, while the other argues the reformers have become censorious zealots. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Is Political Correctness Hurting Innovation? Tech Figure Makes a Controversial Case," 14 Dec. 2017 But they are also influenced by censorious attitudes. The Economist, "The gender pay gap," 5 Oct. 2017

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

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