What does censure mean?

Definitions for censure
ˈsɛn ʃərcen·sure

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. censure, animadversionnoun

    harsh criticism or disapproval

  2. excommunication, exclusion, censureverb

    the state of being excommunicated

  3. reprimand, censure, criminateverb

    rebuke formally


  1. censurenoun

    The act of blaming, criticizing, or condemning as wrong; reprehension.

  2. censurenoun

    An official reprimand.

  3. censurenoun

    The state of excommunication.

  4. censureverb

    to criticize harshly

  5. censureverb

    to formally rebuke

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CENSUREnoun

    Etymology: censura, Latin.

    Enough for half the greatest of these days,
    To ’scape my censure, not expect my praise. Alexander Pope.

    Madam, and you, my sister, will you go
    To give your censures in this weighty business? William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    To you, lord governour,
    Remains the censure of this hellish villain. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Upon the unsuccessfulness of milder medicaments, use that stronger physick, the censures of the church. Henry Hammond.

  2. To Censureverb

    Etymology: censurer, Fr.

    The like censurings and despisings have embittered the spirits, and whetted both the tongues and pens of learned men one against another. Robert Sanderson.


  1. Censure

    A censure is an expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism. In parliamentary procedure, it is a debatable main motion that could be adopted by a majority vote. Among the forms that it can take are a stern rebuke by a legislature, a spiritual penalty imposed by a church, or a negative judgment pronounced on a theological proposition. It is usually non-binding (requiring no compulsory action from the censured party), unlike a motion of no confidence (which may require the referenced party to resign).



    Censure is a formal expression of disapproval or strong criticism directed towards someone or something. It typically involves condemnation or reproach due to perceived wrongdoing or failure to meet expected standards. Censure can be issued by individuals, organizations, or governmental institutions, aiming to publicly express their dissatisfaction or admonishment. It can also serve as a disciplinary action or a way to hold someone accountable for their actions.

  2. Censure

    Censure, as a noun, refers to an expression of strong criticism or disapproval towards someone's actions or behavior. It can also refer to an official statement or resolution of condemnation or reprimand by a formal body or institution, such as a government or professional organization. As a verb, to censure means to formally express strong disapproval or condemnation of someone's actions or behavior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Censurenoun

    judgment either favorable or unfavorable; opinion

  2. Censurenoun

    the act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame

  3. Censurenoun

    judicial or ecclesiastical sentence or reprimand; condemnatory judgment

  4. Censureverb

    to form or express a judgment in regard to; to estimate; to judge

  5. Censureverb

    to find fault with and condemn as wrong; to blame; to express disapprobation of

  6. Censureverb

    to condemn or reprimand by a judicial or ecclesiastical sentence

  7. Censureverb

    to judge


  1. Censure

    A censure is an expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism. Among the forms that it can take are a stern rebuke by a legislature, a spiritual penalty imposed by a church, and a negative judgment pronounced on a theological proposition.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Censure

    sen′shūr, n. an unfavourable judgment: blame: reproof: (obs.) criticism, judgment generally.—v.t. to blame: to condemn as wrong.—adj. Cen′surable, deserving of censure: blamable.—n. Cen′surableness.—adv. Cen′surably. [L. censūra, an opinion, a severe judgment—censēre, to estimate or judge.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of censure in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of censure in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of censure in a Sentence

  1. Nancy Pelosi:

    Every day, the president gives us further evidence of why a censure is necessary, it becomes clearer that the Republican Congress must declare whether it stands for our sacred American values or with the President who embraces white nationalism.

  2. Richter:

    When anyone is modest, not after praise, but after censure, then he is really so.

  3. Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism:

    Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss.

  4. Joseph Addison:

    It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.

  5. Dale Bumpers:

    Nobody has suggested that President Clinton committed a political crime against the state. So, colleagues, if you honor the Constitution, you must look at the history of the Constitution and how we got to the impeachment clause. And if you do that and you do that honestly according to the oath you took, you can not. You can censure President Clinton. You can hand President Clinton over to the prosecutor for President Clinton to be prosecuted, But you can not convict President Clinton. And you can not indulge yourselves the luxury or the right to ignore this history.

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