a remark or comment, especially an adverse criticism: The reviewer made several strictures upon the author's style.
an abnormal contraction of any passage or duct of the body.
a restriction.
Archaic. the act of enclosing or binding tightly.
Obsolete, strictness.

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin strictūra tightening, equivalent to Latin strict(us) (see strict) + -ūra -ure

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stricture (ˈstrɪktʃə)
1.  a severe criticism; censure
2.  pathol an abnormal constriction of a tubular organ, structure, or part
3.  obsolete severity
[C14: from Latin strictūra contraction; see strict]

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "abnormal narrowing in a body part," from L.L. strictura "contraction, constriction," from pp. stem of stringere (2) "to bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Sense of "criticism, critical remark" is first recorded 1655, perhaps from the other L. word stringere
"to touch lightly" (see strigil).
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stricture stric·ture (strĭk'chər)
A circumscribed narrowing of a hollow structure.

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But his stricture is not dry or preachy, a compact of flat philosophy.
But it's more a negotiable ideal than an unyielding stricture.
Increasing the stricture of a typical trill results in a trilled fricative.
Even corporations housed in another state are supposed to observe this stricture--but don't, always.
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