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Meaning of censure by Wiktionary Dictionary

censure


    Etymology

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

    Pronunciation

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

    Noun

    censure ( plural: censures )

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

    Synonyms

    • 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

censure


    Verb
    1. rebuke formally

    Noun
    1. harsh criticism or disapproval

    2. the state of being excommunicated



    Definition of censure by GCIDE Dictionary

    censure


    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.