Trending: censure

Lookups spiked 3,800% on February 3, 2020

Why are people looking up censure?

Lookups spiked for censure on February 3, 2020, after Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia urged the Senate to censure President Trump for holding up military aid to Ukraine in a speech:

I do believe a bipartisan majority of this body would vote to censure President Trump for his actions in this matter. Censure would allow this body to unite across party lines, and as an equal branch of government to formally denounce the president’s actions and hold him accountable.

Senator Manchin used censure as both a verb and a noun in his statement.

What does censure mean?

As a verb, censure means "to formally reprimand (someone)." As a noun in this context, its definition is "a formal reprimand."

Where does censure come from?

Censure comes from the Latin verb cēnsēre, meaning "to assess" or "to give as an opinion," which is the same root as the English words census and censor.

What is notable about this use of censure?

Censure also has more general meanings of "the act of blaming or condemning sternly" and "to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy" (as noun and verb, respectively).

Trend Watch is a data-driven report on words people are looking up at much higher search rates than normal. While most trends can be traced back to the news or popular culture, our focus is on the lookup data rather than the events themselves.

Which Came First?

  • baby chick with a brown egg
  • hot take or cold shoulder?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Play Blossom: Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

You can make only 12 words. Pick the best ones!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!