from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism.
- n. An official rebuke, as by a legislature of one of its members.
- transitive v. To criticize severely; blame. See Synonyms at criticize.
- transitive v. To express official disapproval of: "whether the Senate will censure one of its members for conflict of interest” ( Washington Post).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of blaming, criticizing, or condemning as wrong; reprehension.
- n. An official reprimand.
- n. The state of excommunication.
- v. to criticize harshly
- v. to formally rebuke
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Judgment either favorable or unfavorable; opinion.
- n. The act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame.
- n. Judicial or ecclesiastical sentence or reprimand; condemnatory judgment.
- intransitive v. To form or express a judgment in regard to; to estimate; to judge.
- intransitive v. To find fault with and condemn as wrong; to blame; to express disapprobation of.
- intransitive v. To condemn or reprimand by a judicial or ecclesiastical sentence.
- intransitive v. To judge.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Judgment; opinion.
- n. Judicial sentence; formal condemnation.
- n. Eccles., a penalty imposed upon an offender.
- n. The act of criticizing, especially of finding fault; criticism; expression of blame or disapprobation; faultfinding; condemnation; animadversion.
- n. A custom which formerly prevailed in several manors in Cornwall and Devonshire, England, by which all the inhabitants above the age of sixteen were summoned to swear fealty to the lord of the manor, to pay eleven pence per poll, and a penny a year ever after as censemoney or common fine. The persons thus sworn were called censers.
- n. Synonyms Admonition, Monition, etc. (see admonition), stricture, reprobation, disapproval, reflection, dispraise, reproval.
- To estimate; reckon; regard; consider.
- To judge; adjudge; pass judgment on; sentence.
- Eccles., to discipline by public rebuke, etc. See censure, n., 3.
- To criticize, especially adversely; find fault with and condemn; blame; express disapprobation of: as, to censure a man, or his manners or conduct; to censure a book.
- Synonyms Reprove, Rebuke, Reprimand, Censure, Remonstrate with, Expostulate with, Reproach, chide, reprehend, take to task, rate, berate, scold, upbraid, lecture. To reprove is to admonish with disapprobation. To rebuke is to reprove strongly or sharply. To reprimand is to reprove officially; it is the act of one having authority. To censure is to express an unfavorable opinion; it is less personal than the previous terms. Remonstrate with and expostulate with are more argumentative and imply more of advice than either reprove or censure; they also apply only to acts now taking place or about to take place, while censure applies only to what is past. To reproach a person is to lay blame upon him in direct address, and with feeling, to endeavor to shame him with what he has done. The words advance in the degree of likelihood that the person reproved, etc., does not admit the fault for which he is taken to task. See the distinction of corresponding nouns under admonition.
- To pass an opinion, especially a severe opinion; judge: followed by of or on.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the state of being excommunicated
- n. harsh criticism or disapproval
- v. rebuke formally
Middle English, from Latin cēnsūra, censorship, from cēnsor, Roman censor; see censor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1350–1400 Middle English, from Old French, from Latin censūra ("censor's office or assessment"), from censere ("to tax, assess, value, judge, consider, etc."). (Wiktionary)