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

Other Words from censorious

censoriously adverb
censoriousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 Broadly speaking, Musk has said that Twitter is a censorious entity that has too many stringent rules about what its users can post on the platform. Scott Nover, Quartz, 10 May 2022 Now Musk is earning more affection in the heartland for his latest gambit: purchasing Twitter for $44 billion, carrying coastal elites kicking and screaming into a bold new era for the censorious social giant. Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Musk’s argument is that under this method of corporate accountability, Twitter has lost its way and become censorious; that the company needs to hand power to a benevolent dictator — himself — to bring freedom back for more users. Matt Pearcestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Better to provoke students with his censorious antagonist, James Fitzjames Stephen. Samuel Goldman, The Week, 21 Mar. 2022 The woke left may be the new religious right: preachy, censorious, humorless, judgmental, constantly policing popular culture for impure thoughts. W. James Antle Iii, The Week, 18 Feb. 2022 Since beginning on the South Side of Chicago in the early 2010s, drill music has frequently been criticized by censorious listeners who see its bleak sounds and menacing lyrics as dangerous. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 11 Feb. 2022 The rise of social media, which offers more of a global perspective as opposed to the tunnel-vision of traditional mainstream media, offers an alternative to the censorious elite discourse. Madhvi Ramani, The Week, 2 June 2021 Not that anyone is likely to think of UnCab as a censorious place — there’s definitely a feeling that anything goes, and then some, except for degradation (self-debasement excepted). Chris Willman, Variety, 12 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Censorious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censorious. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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