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censure

noun

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an often public or formal expression of disapproval
  • a rare censure of a senator by the full United States Senate for misconduct
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censure

verb

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1 to express public or formal disapproval of
  • a vote to censure the President for conduct that was unbecoming to his office
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bring to account, call to account

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2 to declare to be morally wrong or evil
  • Our society generally censures the taking of another person's life.
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3 to express one's unfavorable opinion of the worth or quality of
  • Critics have striven to outdo each other in censuring that pop novelist's latest work.
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come down hard (on), find fault (with), take to task

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extol (also extoll), laud, praise

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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


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