Definition of censorious in English:

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Pronunciation: /senˈsôrēəs/


Severely critical of others: modest, charitable in his judgments, never censorious, Jim carried tolerance almost too far
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  • In today's censorious and disapproving cultural climate, however, the authorities are reluctant to leave this ‘problem’ alone.
  • The Capital's restaurant is the proud recipient of two Michelin stars, and head chef Eric Chavot's innovative style has been praised by even the most censorious of critics.
  • Both sides were equally censuring and censorious in their own ways.
hypercritical, overcritical, fault-finding, disapproving, condemnatory, denunciatory, deprecatory, disparaging, reproachful, reproving, censuring, captious, carping, sitting in judgment



Example sentences
  • Twenty years later, when his brief essay was collected, he asked the editor to note that he now viewed Kipling ‘less censoriously and with more affectionate admiration.’
  • Many reject nonfiction prose (biographies, autobiographies, documentaries, etc.) censoriously on the grounds that the works are legendary, mythical and/or apocryphal.
  • ‘Advertisers, don't be ignorant,’ he warns censoriously.


Pronunciation: /senˈsôrēəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Not only is his play anti-puritanical, but it recognizes without censoriousness the strength of the sexual urge and the intense pleasure it offers.
  • In these two cases, the UK is exactly equidistant from the tolerance of France and the censoriousness of the US.
  • Finally, Vera, who judges no one, meets the forces of censoriousness.


Mid 16th century: from Latin censorius (from censor 'magistrate') + -ious.

Words that rhyme with censorious

glorious, laborious, meritorious, notorious, uproarious, uxorious, vainglorious, victorious

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Syllabification: cen·so·ri·ous

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