censure

[sen-sher]
noun
1.
strong or vehement expression of disapproval: The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
2.
an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.
verb (used with object), censured, censuring.
3.
to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner: She is more to be pitied than censured.
verb (used without object), censured, censuring.
4.
to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin cēnsūra censor's office, assessment, equivalent to cēns(us) past participle of cēnsēre (see censor) + -ūra -ure

censurer, noun
censureless, adjective
miscensure, verb, miscensured, miscensuring.
precensure, verb (used with object), precensured, precensuring.
procensure, adjective
supercensure, noun
uncensured, adjective
uncensuring, adjective

1. blame, censure, condemn (see synonym study at blame) ; 2. censer, censor, censure, sensor.


1. condemnation, reproof, reproach, reprehension, rebuke, reprimand, stricture, animadversion. See abuse. 3. reprove, rebuke, chide. See blame, reprimand.


1–3. praise.
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censure (ˈsɛnʃə)
 
n
1.  severe disapproval; harsh criticism
 
vb
2.  to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
 
[C14: from Latin cēnsūra, from cēnsēre to consider, assess]
 
'censurer
 
n

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censure
late 14c., from L. censura "judgment" (see censor). The verb is first attested 1580s.
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Example sentences
But do not risk the censure of your supervisor by refusing to extend
  co-authorship.
The fact is plain that other great figures have led far more disordered lives
  and received far less censure.
Censure by a professional body is grounds for losing an honour, government
  officials explain.
The fact is that neither moral censure nor fears about safety will stop people
  from wanting to look better.
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