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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 Twitter and other tech platforms might become more censorious, not less, and conservatives aren’t likely to be favored in that scrum. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump vs. a GOP Senate," 23 Dec. 2020 Their recent collective censorious decision to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story and the Biden family scandal, and their dishonest coverage of riots, has further underscored their political bias. John Loftus, National Review, "The Movement against Elites," 2 Nov. 2020 This is the problem with Twitter’s censorious choices, and with an expanding mainstream-press definition of what counts as disinformation and distraction. Ross Douthat New York Times, Star Tribune, "The media's Hunter Biden conundrum," 28 Oct. 2020 Alas, the censorious new Jacobins castigate Douglass’s position as racist and supportive of white supremacy. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Totalitarianism on Campus," 17 Oct. 2020 These artists fear for the current and future viability of their work in an environment that gets more censorious each year. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "The Philip Guston controversy is turning artists against the National Gallery," 16 Oct. 2020 The result has been a generation of creatives who are more censorious and judgmental than their forebears. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Pioneering Morality of Raven Leilani’s Luster," 11 Aug. 2020 New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait has been warning for five years that the left is on a censorious path. Shikha Dalmia, TheWeek, "Cancel culture and conservative glass houses," 10 Aug. 2020 Despite his claims to support free expression, Facebook has notoriously and enthusiastically executed the censorious wishes of authoritarian governments around the world. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Wired, "Mark Zuckerberg Believes Only in Mark Zuckerberg," 3 June 2020

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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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“Censorious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censorious. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of censorious

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

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