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censure

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noun cen·sure \ˈsen(t)-shər\

Definition of censure

  1. 1 :  a judgment involving condemnation <unorthodox practices awaiting the censure of the city council>

  2. 2 archaic :  opinion, judgment

  3. 3 :  the act of blaming or condemning sternly <The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.>

  4. 4 :  an official reprimand <The lawyer's misconduct resulted in a letter of censure from the judge.>

Examples of censure in a sentence

  1. The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.

  2. <a rare censure of a senator by the full United States Senate for misconduct>

Origin and Etymology of censure

Latin censura, from censēre —see 1censor


First Known Use: 14th century


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censure

verb cen·sure

Definition of censure

censured

;

censuring

play \ˈsen(t)-sh(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  estimate, judge

  3. 2 :  to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy <He was censured by the committee for his failure to report the problem.>

censurer

play \ˈsen(t)-shər-ər\ noun

Examples of censure in a sentence

  1. He was censured by the committee for his failure to report the problem.

  2. <a vote to censure the President for conduct that was unbecoming to his office>

Did You Know?

Censure and its synonyms criticize, reprehend, condemn, and denounce all essentially mean "to find fault with openly." Additionally, censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and often refers to an official action. Criticize implies finding fault with someone’s methods, policies, or intentions, as in "the commentator criticized the manager’s bullpen strategy." Reprehend implies sharp criticism or disapproval, as in "a teacher who reprehends poor grammar." Condemn usually suggests a final unfavorable judgment, as in "the group condemned the court’s decision to execute the criminal." Denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration, as in "her letter to the editor denounced the corrupt actions of the mayor’s office."

Origin and Etymology of censure

see 1censure


First Known Use: 1587

Synonym Discussion of censure

criticize, reprehend, censure, reprobate, condemn, denounce mean to find fault with openly. criticize implies finding fault especially with methods or policies or intentions <criticized the police for using violence>. reprehend implies both criticism and severe rebuking <reprehends the self-centeredness of today's students>. censure carries a strong suggestion of authority and of reprimanding <a Senator formally censured by his peers>. reprobate implies strong disapproval or firm refusal to sanction <reprobated his son's unconventional lifestyle>. condemn usually suggests an unqualified and final unfavorable judgment <condemned the government's racial policies>. denounce adds to condemn the implication of a public declaration <a pastoral letter denouncing abortion>.

CENSURE Defined for English Language Learners

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censure

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noun cen·sure \ˈsen(t)-shər\

Definition of censure for English Language Learners

  • : official strong criticism


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censure

verb cen·sure

Definition of censure for English Language Learners

  • : to officially criticize (someone or something) strongly and publicly


CENSURE Defined for Kids

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censure

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noun cen·sure \ˈsen-shər\

Definition of censure for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of finding fault with or blaming

  2. 2 :  an official criticism


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censure

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verb cen·sure

Definition of censure for Students

censured

censuring

  1. :  to find fault with especially publicly


Law Dictionary

censure

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noun cen·sure \ˈsen-chər\

Legal Definition of censure

  1. :  an expression of official disapproval <a House resolution approving a censure of the representative>

censure

transitive verb


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