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[sen-sher] /ˈsɛn ʃər/
strong or vehement expression of disapproval:
The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.
verb (used with object), censured, censuring.
to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner:
She is more to be pitied than censured.
verb (used without object), censured, censuring.
to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin cēnsūra censor's office, assessment, equivalent to cēns(us) past participle of cēnsēre (see censor) + -ūra -ure
Related forms
censurer, noun
censureless, adjective
miscensure, verb, miscensured, miscensuring.
precensure, verb (used with object), precensured, precensuring.
procensure, adjective
supercensure, noun
uncensured, adjective
uncensuring, adjective
Can be confused
blame, censure, condemn (see synonym study at blame)
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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for censure
  • But do not risk the censure of your supervisor by refusing to extend co-authorship.
  • Americans censure nepotism on the one hand and practice it as much as they can on the other.
  • 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.
  • The scale of the transformation is such that an ever-expanding literature has emerged to censure or celebrate it.
  • Seldom, perhaps, does the word appear except in a phrase of censure.
  • No ill-timed censure ever indiscreetly checked the pupil's communicative temper.
  • He invites excess, whether of praise or of censure.
  • Instead of arousing fear or censure, they are a call to action.
British Dictionary definitions for censure


severe disapproval; harsh criticism
to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
Derived Forms
censurer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin cēnsūra, from cēnsēre to consider, assess
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for censure
late 14c., from L. censura "judgment" (see censor). The verb is first attested 1580s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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