Examples of stricture in a Sentence
the church's strictures on the morals and mores of contemporary society
the new zoning strictures effectively make further development along the riverfront commercially unviable
Recent Examples of stricture from the Web
Rama, who died in 2015, at the age of ninety-seven, grew up under Fascist rule, and her delightfully lewd, menacing œuvre can be seen as a lifelong rebuke of its strictures.
A Virginia federal judge who upheld Miranda rights, loosened campaign finance strictures and sent both a Romanian hacker and a high-ranking CIA agent to prison will retire this fall.
Laws affect the pace of technological change, but the strictures of software can do even more to curtail freedom.
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Did You Know?
Stricture has meant many things through the centuries, and its "restriction" meaning—probably the most common one today—is actually the most recent. High-school teachers often put strictures on texting during class. Cities concerned about their murder rate have slapped strictures on the possession of handguns. And the United Nations may vote to put strictures on arms sales to a country that keeps violating international treaties. With the meaning "strong criticism", stricture is slightly old-fashioned today, but it's still used by intellectuals. So, for example, an article may amount to a harsh stricture on the whole medical profession, or an art review may just express the critic's strictures on sentimental paintings of cute little houses with glowing windows.
Origin and Etymology of stricture
Middle English, from Late Latin strictura, from Latin strictus, past participle
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
STRICTURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stricture for English Language Learners
: a law or rule that limits or controls something
: a strong criticism
Medical Definition of stricture
: an abnormal narrowing of a bodily passage (as from inflammation, cancer, or the formation of scar tissue) esophageal stricture; also : the narrowed part
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