Definition of stricture
- moral strictures
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
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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.
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: a law or rule that limits or controls something
: a strong criticism
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