Definition of censure in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsen(t)SHər/


[with object]
Express severe disapproval of (someone or something), typically in a formal statement: a judge was censured in 1983 for a variety of types of injudicious conduct
More example sentences
  • Charney has been criticised for paradoxically censuring the exploitation of the worker, while pushing the instrumental use of sexuality and women.
  • However, there is no reason why a human system for judging and formally censuring the behaviour of others should be a slave to the vagaries of chance.
  • Meanwhile he had been recalled to Adelaide and summoned before a Royal Commission where he was censured and criticized.


The expression of formal disapproval: angry delegates offered a resolution of censure against the offenders they paid the price in social ostracism and family censure
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  • Both men, in previous guises, have drawn severe judicial censure, for their actions against the CFMEU.
  • The investigation ended with much tongue-wagging but no formal censure.
  • Each of the terrible ten is accompanied by a helpful little paragraph explaining just why it merits our censure.
condemnation, criticism, attack, abuse;
reprimand, rebuke, admonishment, reproof, upbraiding, disapproval, reproach, scolding, obloquy
informal flak, dressing-down, tongue-lashing
formal excoriation, castigation


On the difference in meaning between censure and censor, see censor (usage).



Pronunciation: /ˈsen(t)SH(ə)rəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Douglas indeed seemed to be trying to have it both ways, claiming to have an open mind pending full disclosure of the evidence and yet also hinting that he found McCarthy's conduct censurable.
  • When an information resource is collectively provided and placed in the public domain, hijacking sounds even more censurable and in theory resembles a real theft.
  • Committee A is persuaded that the actions against the two professors are censurable.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'judicial sentence'): from Old French censurer (verb), censure (noun), from Latin censura 'judgment, assessment', from censere 'assess'.

Words that rhyme with censure

adventure, bencher, dementia, front-bencher, trencher, venture, wencher

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Syllabification: cen·sure

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