censure

noun
cen·​sure | \ ˈsen(t)-shər How to pronounce censure (audio) \

Definition of censure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a judgment involving condemnation unorthodox practices awaiting the censure of the city council
2 : the act of blaming or condemning sternly The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.
3 : an official reprimand The lawyer's misconduct resulted in a letter of censure from the judge.
4 archaic : opinion, judgment

censure

verb
censured; censuring\ ˈsen(t)-​sh(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce censure (audio) \

Definition of censure (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy She would tell him it was … no sign of a good pastor to be eternally censuring his flock.— Charlotte Brontë
b : to formally reprimand (someone) : to express official censure of (someone) While a vote to censure the president has no legal ramifications, it is a significant and rare symbolic vote of disapproval.— Emma Loop
2 obsolete : estimate, judge

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Verb

censurer \ ˈsen(t)-​shər-​ər How to pronounce censure (audio) \ noun

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Verb

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 Has an Offical Connotation

Verb

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."

Examples of censure in a Sentence

Noun The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination. a rare censure of a senator by the full United States Senate for misconduct Verb He was censured by the committee for his failure to report the problem. a vote to censure the President for conduct that was unbecoming to his office
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The censure resolution also notes that the police officer later emailed Burkons asking if there were any new developments in the matter after Burkons’ email to Cleveland Heights council. cleveland, "Beachwood Councilman Mike Burkons files complaint against city in response to charge of interfering with citizens’ rights," 21 Dec. 2020 In 2014, there were enough unhappy party insiders to force a censure vote by Maricopa County Republicans against longtime U.S. Sen. John McCain. AZCentral.com, "‘They scare the politicians’: How the Patriot movement’s extreme views found a home in the GOP," 1 Oct. 2020 At the time the program was announced, 10 of 13 council members — including Mendelson and Gray but not McDuffie and White — signed a censure resolution opposing the initiative. Washington Post, "D.C. crackdown on gun crime targeted Black wards, was not enforced citywide as announced," 3 Sep. 2020 The Appomattox County Republican Committee cited a list of issues Saturday for the outgoing Republican's censure in a lengthy resolution. NBC News, "Virginia GOP censures lawmaker who officiated gay wedding," 17 Dec. 2020 In October, liberal lawmakers, recognizing this possibility, sought international censure in a letter to U.N. Human Rights Commission chief Michelle Bachelet. Laura Weiss, The New Republic, "The Government’s Human Cruelty Will Outlive Trump," 25 Nov. 2020 Yet none of this censure is likely to make a jot of difference. Washington Post, "China’s Hong Kong crackdown poses an immediate challenge for Biden," 13 Nov. 2020 The resolution for a censure of Cole passed 3-2 during a heated council meeting Tuesday night. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Eatonville Council, in split vote, censures Mayor Eddie Cole," 7 Oct. 2020 Ant has faced censure in Chinese state media in recent days after Ma criticized local and global regulators for stifling innovation and not paying sufficient heed to development and opportunities for the young. Fortune, "China tells Ant it can’t go public until capital shortfall is fixed," 4 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Trump and many conservatives believe the liability shield should be reformed or eliminated in part because major social media platforms appear to censure or ban conservative posts more frequently than others. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Stalled spending deal and Trump veto threats could delay year-end exit of Congress," 7 Dec. 2020 In addition to the letter, Biggs introduced a resolution to censure Pascrell for his efforts to disbar the attorneys on the same day the letter went to Barr. José-ignacio Castañeda Perez, The Arizona Republic, "Reps. Andy Biggs, Debbie Lesko want Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell investigated; he calls move 'pathetic'," 5 Dec. 2020 Councilman censured: Beachwood City Council voted to censure its newest member, Councilman Mike Burkons. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "High school football, other sports are a go in Ohio: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020," 19 Aug. 2020 Green said council members have received requests to censure or remove Kabacinski for his actions. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Victim of Warren racial attacks to city councilman: 'You need to resign'," 29 Oct. 2020 Council passed a resolution to censure Moore because of a racial discrimination complaint filed against her in early May. Julia Fair, The Enquirer, "'I absolutely did nothing wrong': Cold Spring censures city council member Cindy Moore," 15 Sep. 2020 In 1954, soon after the Army-McCarthy hearings that humiliated the senator and a 67-to-22 Senate vote to condemn or censure him, Gallup found that 34 percent of voters still approved of McCarthy. Washington Post, "Joseph McCarthy: An American demagogue who foreshadowed Trump," 27 Aug. 2020 The City Council voted 5-1 to censure member Paul Brandmire for suggesting a mask mandate could lead to yellow star badges that mark COVID-19-positive people. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Back to school, bowling, Sharon Stone: News from around our 50 states," 19 Aug. 2020 The Judicial Conduct Commission can remove Gentry from office or can censure her or reprimand her, according to the commission's website. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "A case 'infected with sex.' Key questions from NKY Judge Dawn Gentry's disciplinary hearing," 14 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'censure.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of censure

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

Verb

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for censure

Noun

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French censure, borrowed from Latin cēnsūa "office of censor, assessment, moral oversight," from cēnsēre "to give as an opinion, perform the duties of a censor" + -ūra -ure — more at censor entry 1

Verb

derivative of censure entry 1, probably after Middle French censurer

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“Censure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censure. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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censure

noun
How to pronounce censure (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of censure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : official strong criticism

censure

verb

English Language Learners Definition of censure (Entry 2 of 2)

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

censure

noun
cen·​sure | \ ˈsen-shər How to pronounce censure (audio) \

Kids Definition of censure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of finding fault with or blaming
2 : an official criticism

censure

verb
censured; censuring

Kids Definition of censure (Entry 2 of 2)

: to find fault with especially publicly

censure

noun
cen·​sure | \ ˈsen-chər How to pronounce censure (audio) \

Legal Definition of censure

: an expression of official disapproval a House resolution approving a censure of the representative

Other Words from censure

censure transitive verb

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