censure

noun
cen·​sure | \ ˈsen(t)-shər How to pronounce censure (audio) \

Essential Meaning of censure

formal : official strong criticism The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.

Full 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 Few in the crowd spoke of Dodd’s 1967 censure for misuse of campaign funds or the loss of his Senate seat in 1970, just six months before his death. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Locals and/or the International can impose fines (including all amounts earned by the member while scabbing), issue public censure, suspend and/or expel scabs. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 14 Oct. 2021 Other physicians who have promoted misinformation have avoided professional censure from medical boards. Jake Zuckerman, The Enquirer, 20 Sep. 2021 Disciplinary actions imposed by the commission, from the most lenient to the most punitive, are: a private advisory letter, private admonishment, public admonishment, public censure and removal from office. Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2021 He was not criminally charged and instead the Florida Commission on Ethics imposed a $2,500 fine and public censure and reprimand. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The Taliban have not confirmed the detentions and, seemingly intent on avoiding international censure, have blamed some violence on other people claiming to be Taliban. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Aug. 2021 The Taliban have not confirmed the detentions and, seemingly intent on avoiding international censure, have blamed some violence on other people claiming to be Taliban. New York Times, 29 Aug. 2021 Her support of the Democratic ticket earned McCain a censure from loyal Trump activists within the Arizona Republican Party, who objected to her registration as a Republican. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, 24 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The church’s House of Bishops voted to censure Bishop Spong in 1990. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 In her resignation letter, Hageman criticized Cheney by noting that the state party had voted to censure the lawmaker over her impeachment vote. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2021 And in cases when document redaction is needed to censure private information, such as names, dollar amounts or intellectual property, AI can be used to quickly detect this sensitive information in large volumes of files. Eugene Xiong, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 Diaz and her allies in Horry County voted to censure McKissick. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, 2 Sep. 2021 Yue led a push within the Oregon Republican Party to censure Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the January 6 insurrection. Andrew Kaczynski, CNN, 29 June 2021 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

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Censure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censure. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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