Definition of censure in English:

censure

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Express severe disapproval of (someone or something), especially in a formal statement.

    ‘the company was heavily censured by inspectors from the Department of Trade’
    ‘shareholders censured the bank for its extravagance’
    • ‘In 2004, he published a controversial book censuring the power of the media in Britain.’
    • ‘The external relations officer asserted that if the board censured him, they would be preventing him from fulfilling his duties.’
    • ‘Respect for minority rights is definitely important, but she was being overly sensitive in censuring this community-building event with her flimsy, misguided affirmative action notions.’
    • ‘But I don't think that censuring the white authors is the answer.’
    • ‘Since when should an MP be censured for saying something that is offensive to some portion of society?’
    • ‘However, recently he was censured for dangling his baby son Bob near the open jaws of a crocodile and forced to make an apology to his millions of fans.’
    • ‘Her look censured his absence from the homestay - and her - the previous day.’
    • ‘Meanwhile he had been recalled to Adelaide and summoned before a Royal Commission where he was censured and criticized.’
    • ‘Broadcast watchdogs have censured him for swearing on his former BBC Radio 1 afternoon show.’
    • ‘Female students were censured for eating apples ‘too seductively’ in public.’
    • ‘The dramatic departures come after Cllr Holden and Cllr Smith were censured last month by the Standards Board.’
    • ‘The last three were to become cardinals and the first two were eventually censured by the Church.’
    • ‘Donald Dewar personally censured ministers for failing to observe collective responsibility and leaking to the press.’
    • ‘In recent years North Yorkshire police were condemned for establishing a canteen culture and county ambulance service chiefs were censured for bullying.’
    • ‘Charney has been criticised for paradoxically censuring the exploitation of the worker, while pushing the instrumental use of sexuality and women.’
    • ‘Chao also pointed to the Ministry of Finance for ‘lapses in its supervisory responsibilities,’ adding that the Control Yuan does not rule out censuring the ministry.’
    • ‘It could have expressed dismay at Pringle's obvious lack of race awareness, censured him, and sent him on a training course.’
    • ‘When the Islamic religion is censured, who will stand up to defend it?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My Latin temper snaps, and I'm censured by a security guard.’
    criticize, condemn, castigate, chastise, lambaste, pillory, savage, find fault with, fulminate against, abuse
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noun

mass noun
  • The formal expression of severe disapproval.

    ‘two MPs were singled out for censure’
    count noun ‘despite episcopal censures, the practice continued’
    • ‘The South African document singles out the trans-Atlantic slave trade for censure.’
    • ‘If your father allows you to swear at your mother without censure, it's horrible and reprehensible, but a private matter.’
    • ‘Her photos of circus freaks and those on the margins of society earned her praise as well as censure from critics.’
    • ‘If the teacher refuses to do so, he will be open to public censure and criticism from his superiors, further warnings and potential expulsion.’
    • ‘The point made by the Israeli NGOs and delegations was; why single out Israel for censure?’
    • ‘The investigation ended with much tongue-wagging but no formal censure.’
    • ‘In the boycott by the Association of University Teachers, what has been expressed is not criticism or censure but vilification.'’
    • ‘Each of the terrible ten is accompanied by a helpful little paragraph explaining just why it merits our censure.’
    • ‘There are lawyers who admitted to taking their clients money, and yet they receive no censure, nor have their licence lifted to practice law.’
    • ‘I would not want the U.S. Senate to write a resolution of censure against you as a Jewish man.’
    • ‘Only Beckett seems to have escaped censure, because of his elegance and self-restraint.’
    • ‘I'm surprised that the council leader has had no word of censure for the embarrassment caused to his administration for this abuse of office.’
    • ‘Both men, in previous guises, have drawn severe judicial censure, for their actions against the CFMEU.’
    • ‘China, which prides itself in its trade with the U.S., is the favorite target of disapproval and censure.’
    • ‘In both cases, strong censure of practitioners followed public attention.’
    • ‘His sometimes droll remarks might annoy some readers, but to me they seem a very effective way of delivering not just censure but also ridicule.’
    • ‘Mr. Wilson disappoints and offers gossip, censure and critical summary.’
    • ‘He assailed any attempt to single out ‘only one country in the world, Israel, for censure and abuse’.’
    • ‘Louise McMullan, one of the officers singled out for censure, claimed that the protest had been a success and wanted to thank all those who took part.’
    • ‘Dr Lederman accepted his censure, reprimand and a £2,777 fine, documents show.’
    condemnation, criticism, attack, abuse, revilement
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Usage

Censure and censor, although quite different in meaning, are frequently confused. Both words can function as verbs and nouns, but censure means ‘express severe disapproval of’ (the country was censured for human rights abuses) or ‘the expression of severe disapproval’, while censor means ‘examine (a book, film, etc.) and suppress unacceptable parts of it’ (the letters she received were censored) or ‘an official who censors books, films, etc.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

censure

/ˈsɛnʃə/