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censure

[sen-sher] /ˈsɛn ʃər/
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
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.
Synonyms
1. condemnation, reproof, reproach, reprehension, rebuke, reprimand, stricture, animadversion. See abuse. 3. reprove, rebuke, chide. See blame, reprimand.
Antonyms
1–3. praise.
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British Dictionary definitions for un censured

censure

/ˈsɛnʃə/
noun
1.
severe disapproval; harsh criticism
verb
2.
to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
Derived Forms
censurer, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin cēnsūra, from cēnsēre to consider, assess
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Word Origin and History for un censured
censure
late 14c., from L. censura "judgment" (see censor). The verb is first attested 1580s.
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