from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Deserving of or open to censure. See Synonyms at blameworthy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Deserving of censure; blameworthy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Deserving of censure; blamable; culpable; reprehensible.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deserving censure; blamable; culpable; reprehensible: as, a censurable person; censurable conduct or writings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious


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  • Polk considered this “highly censurable”—evidence that Scott and his allies would “throw every obstacle in the way of my prosecuting the Mexican War successfully.”

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • According to the House of Representatives Guide of Decorum, this is a censurable offense.

    Joe Wilson YouTube: "I Will Not Be Muzzled"

  • For example, SCOTUS has abandoned wide swaths of the law, as anywhere from 60–80% of its threadbare docket is dedicated to resolving conflicts between various courts of appeals, and it has abandoned any and all pretense of policing irregular, censurable, and otherwise outright cor�rupt decisions of our inferior appellate courts, with instances of pure error correction occurring so rarely as to be remarkable.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Rosen on Sotomayor, Part Tres:

  • If such feelings were censurable, they had their punishment.

    Anne of Geierstein

  • It can be no censurable vanity which provokes me to speak the truth, and unless I tell it myself, you could hardly suspect what a resemblance I once bore even to the lovely Lady Augusta of Berkely.

    Castle Dangerous

  • Delvile, though their total separation but the moment before had been finally decreed, she considered as a weak effusion of tenderness, injurious to delicacy, and censurable by propriety.


  • “I meant not, madam, to infer, that the subject or indeed that the object merited your deliberate attention; I simply wish to explain what may have appeared mysterious in my conduct, and for what may have seemed still more censurable, to beg your pardon.”


  • Camilla cast up her eyes and hands: 'Lionel,' she cried, 'what have you done with your heart? has it banished every natural feeling? has the affecting letter of the best of fathers, his cruel separation from the most excellent of mothers, and even your own dreadfully censurable conduct, served but to amuse you with ridicule and derision?'


  • Even the sarcasm, such as it was, would have been thought censurable by that ceremonious court in any but the Patriarch, to whose high rank some license was allowed.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • Sir Kenneth had full leisure to enjoy these and similar high-souled thoughts, fostered by that wild spirit of chivalry, which, amid its most extravagant and fantastic flights, was still pure from all selfish alloy — generous, devoted, and perhaps only thus far censurable, that it proposed objects and courses of action inconsistent with the frailties and imperfections of man.

    The Talisman


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