censorious

adjective cen·so·ri·ous \ sen-ˈsȯr-ē-əs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of censorious

: marked by or given to censure (see 1censure 2)
  • 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.

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Origin and Etymology of censorious

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

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

censorious

adjective

Definition of censorious for English Language Learners

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



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