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censorious Line breaks: cen¦sori|ous
Pronunciation: /sɛnˈsɔːrɪəs/

Definition of censorious in English:


Severely critical of others: censorious champions of morality
More example sentences
  • 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.


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: /sɛnˈsɔːrɪəsnəs/
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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