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  • adv. In a censorious manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a censorious manner.


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censorious +‎ -ly


  • A host of exciting, thought-provoking explorations are reduced to a petty list of rules, censoriously enforced.


  • But before I could remonstrate, or swipe her head off, she was writhing and plunging away again, moaning with her eyes half-closed, and this time, for a wonder, the thing went on uninterrupted until we were lying gasping and exhausted, in each other's arms - and the kitten was there again, purring censoriously in my ear.

    The Sky Writer

  • Several people around us looked at me censoriously.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Ned eyed Jamie censoriously over his half-spectacles.

    Sick Cycle Carousel

  • Not long ago my small son burst into tears when his older sister told him censoriously that it is men who do all the bad things in the world; men start all the wars and little boys love pretending to shoot and hurt people.

    [cry rape] sorting out the truth from the lies

  • He rightly sees the respects in which all of Keats's friends on occasion propose something that is self-serving, an epithet that comes several times but not censoriously and not self-exculpatorily (for Plumly's enterprise, too, has a self to serve).

    Keats's Afterlife

  • But what I do know is that for as long as I can remember left liberals have entirely rejected that view and sneered censoriously at anyone bold enough to have doubts about universal human rights; they have used the phrases “human rights” and “universal human rights” as knock-down arguments — as if just to mention the words was itself proof of their validity.

    Archive 2005-09-04

  • “I see that you have recovered your spirits, Miss Blount,” he said censoriously, sorry that the subdued Teresa of yesterday was gone.

    The Scandal of the Season

  • Soros's long support for an ideal of an open society, in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, makes him particularly attuned to the pitch of societies that are censoriously closing down.

    'Independent Jewish Voices'

  • In the dawn sky, the moon had faded to a cadaverous phantom that glared censoriously down.



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