V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) harsh criticism or condemnation; (v.) to criticize severely or to condemn

Synonyms: (n.) rebuke, disapproval, criticism, condemnation, reproval, (v.) condemn, criticize, castigate, reprove, denounce

Antonyms: praise

Tips: Censure can have an official or formal meaning of condemnation, excommunication, or punishment, as well as a more general meaning of criticism or disapproval. It is similar in meaning to castigate. (i.e: "President Clinton was hoping to receive a formal censure from congress instead of being impeached.")

Usage Examples:

The committee issued a censure of the legislature's questionable activities. (criticism, reproval) noun

Those who refused to strike were censured by the union. (criticized, castigated) verb

The professor was censured and put on probation for his offensive remarks to the students. (reproved, criticized) verb

The lawyer was censured by the judge for making too many objectionable arguments. (castigated, reproved) verb

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