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[strik-cher] /ˈstrɪk tʃər/
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
Related forms
strictured, adjective
nonstrictured, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for strictures
  • Others fret over state intrusion and social strictures.
  • Basically this indicates that students become less interested in the formal strictures of religion and become more empathetic.
  • We received these strictures with a howl of anguish and a scream of mortified vanity.
  • The way he learned best and the way he flourished simply didn't fit in the strictures of the school environment.
  • It also lacks the heinous strictures on human nature that religions tend to carry.
  • Others in the field seem less bound by its strictures.
  • She comes to be experienced as menacing, and is resented because of her right to make demands and place strictures on her husband.
  • If anything, there are more strictures on nuns than on laywomen.
  • The modest virtues of standardization increasingly seem to grease a slippery slope to depersonalizing strictures.
  • Reforms in state administration, education and law have loosened arcane strictures.
British Dictionary definitions for strictures


a severe criticism; censure
(pathol) an abnormal constriction of a tubular organ, structure, or part
(obsolete) severity
Derived Forms
strictured, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin strictūra contraction; see strict
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Word Origin and History for strictures



c.1400, "abnormal narrowing in a body part," from Late Latin strictura "contraction, constriction," from past participle stem of stringere (2) "to bind or draw tight" (see strain (v.)). Sense of "criticism, critical remark" is first recorded 1650s, perhaps from the other Latin word stringere "to touch lightly" (see strigil).

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strictures in Medicine

stricture stric·ture (strĭk'chər)
A circumscribed narrowing of a hollow structure.

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