censorious

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

Definition of censorious

  1. :  marked by or given to censure (see 1censure 3) 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

borrowed from Latin cēnsōrius “of a censor, severe,” derivative of cēnsor 1censor


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

CENSORIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of censorious for English Language Learners

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



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