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[sen-sawr-ee-uh s, -sohr-] /sɛnˈsɔr i əs, -ˈsoʊr-/
severely critical; faultfinding; carping.
Origin of censorious
1530-40; < Latin cēnsōrius of a censor, hence, austere, moral; see censor, -tory1
Related forms
censoriously, adverb
censoriousness, noun
anticensorious, adjective
anticensoriously, adverb
anticensoriousness, noun
noncensorious, adjective
noncensoriously, adverb
noncensoriousness, noun
overcensorious, adjective
overcensoriously, adverb
overcensoriousness, noun
uncensorious, adjective
uncensoriously, adverb
uncensoriousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for censorious
  • His criticism of his brother's immaturity remains matter-of-fact rather than censorious.
  • There's no reason to be prissy or censorious on the subject of politicians and their ghostwriters.
  • She was mystified by, and censorious of, families who didn't.
  • But the world is so censorious, no character escapes.
  • He began to feel more and more oppressed by the censorious gaze of his neighbors, by the demand for respectability.
  • So they try meeting a censorious society more than halfway.
  • If deconstruction encountered resistance, that was often seen as censorious ignorance.
British Dictionary definitions for censorious


harshly critical; fault-finding
Derived Forms
censoriously, adverb
censoriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for censorious

"fond of criticizing," 1530s, from Latin censorius "pertaining to a censor," also "rigid, severe," from censor (see censor (n.)). Related: Censoriously; censoriousness.

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