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 State Department spokesman Ned Price defended Biden's pullback from a full-throated censure, saying the administration sought to retain its influence with the Saudi government. Nabih Bulos, Star Tribune, 2 Mar. 2021 In Michigan, state Senate leader Mike Shirkey, a Republican, faced censure this month by the Hillsdale County party committee for his response to covid-19. Michael Scherer, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Feb. 2021 Instead, Daschle argued, the proper course of action for condemning Trump's role in the Jan. 6 protests that overtook Capitol Hill would be via formal censure. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2021 Repeated violations of the policy would be subject to censure, according to city staff. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 The Ohio Republican Party Central Committee voted last week to both censure and call for the resignation of Gonzalez. Clare Foran, CNN, 12 May 2021 The federal charges amount to another extraordinary censure of law enforcement officials, who have rarely faced criminal charges for using deadly force, particularly accusations of civil rights violations. New York Times, 7 May 2021 House Democrats on Monday introduced resolutions to censure, investigate, and remove House Republicans who played a role in inciting last week's attacks on the U.S. Capitol. Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, 13 Jan. 2021 In Utah a week ago, Sen. Mitt Romney was roundly booed by members of his party, while prevailing in a censure vote, for criticisms of Trump that hecklers called treasonous. The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some Democrats have introduced measures to censure Greene on the House floor, and even expel her from the chamber, which would be an extraordinary step that would require the support of roughly 70 House Republicans. Evan Mcmurry, ABC News, 10 Aug. 2021 On March 15, the Republican State Central Committee voted 53-17 to censure Murkowski, citing her vote to impeach Trump and other votes that have broken with GOP leadership, the Daily News reported. BostonGlobe.com, 10 July 2021 Two weeks earlier, the Republican State Central Committee voted 53-17 to censure Murkowski, citing her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump and other votes that have broken with GOP leadership. Samantha Davenport, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2021 The alleged involvement sparked calls to investigate and censure Gosar from some of his colleagues, but none of these efforts gained steam. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, 28 June 2021 But whether in person or remotely, the party lined up in opposition to the panel, which their leaders insisted would be a one-sided forum for Democrats to censure Mr. Trump and try to kneecap Republicans in the 2022 elections. New York Times, 30 June 2021 The Ohio Republican Party’s governing board voted in May to censure Gonzalez and called on him to resign. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, 26 June 2021 The South Carolina Republican Party voted in January to formally censure Rice, who had not been expected to vote for impeachment but who explained after his vote that the President's response to the riot led him to cross the aisle. Clare Foran, CNN, 12 May 2021 But as Jeremy Pelzer reports, the Ohio Republican Party not only voted to censure Gonzalez, but also passed an impromptu resolution calling for his resignation. cleveland, 10 May 2021

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of censure

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: official strong criticism

censure

verb

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

: 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

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