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Meaning of censure by Wiktionary Dictionary



    1350–1400 Middle English, from Old French, from Latin censūra ( “censor's office or assessment” ), from censere ( “to tax, assess, value, judge, consider, etc.” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈsɛn.sjə/, /ˈsɛn.sʃə/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈsɛn.ʃɚ/


    censure ( plural: censures )

    1. The act of blaming, criticizing, or condemning as wrong; reprehension .
    2. An official reprimand .
    3. The state of excommunication .


    • See also Wikisaurus:reprehend

    See also

    • “censure” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000 .
    • “censure” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006 .
    • "censure" in WordNet 3.0, Princeton University, 2006 .

Explanation of censure by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. rebuke formally

    1. harsh criticism or disapproval

    2. the state of being excommunicated

    Definition of censure by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Censure n. [L. censura fr. censere: cf. F. censure. Cf. Censor.]
      1. Judgment either favorable or unfavorable; opinion. [Obs.]

      Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. Shak.

      2. The act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame.

      Both the censure and the praise were merited. Macaulay.

      3. Judicial or ecclesiastical sentence or reprimand; condemnatory judgment.

      Excommunication or other censure of the church. Bp. Burnet.

      Syn. -- Blame; reproof; condemnation; reprobation; disapproval; disapprobation; reprehension; animadversion; reprimand; reflection; dispraise; abuse.

    2. Censure, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Censured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Censuring.] [Cf. F. ensurer.]
      1. To form or express a judgment in regard to; to estimate; to judge. [Obs.] “Should I say more, you might well censure me a flatterer.” Beau. & Fl.

      2. To find fault with and condemn as wrong; to blame; to express disapprobation of.

      I may be censured that nature thus gives way to loyalty. Shak.

      3. To condemn or reprimand by a judicial or ecclesiastical sentence. Shak.

      Syn. -- To blame; reprove; rebuke; condemn; reprehend; reprimand.

    3. Censure, v. i. To judge. [Obs.] Shak.