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They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
  harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Sometimes confused with "censor" (as in:  censorship of a book).
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  • They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
  • In spite of the censure of her colleagues, she believed she had done the right thing.
  • Few men are willing to brave the disapproval of their fellows, the censure of their colleagues, the wrath of their society. Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change.
    Robert F. Kennedy
  • The Senate censured President Andrew Jackson for refusing to give them documents, but the censure was later repealed.

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  • It was an expression of severe censure and moral condemnation.
  • ...after his Senate censure in December 1954, Joseph McCarthy was as good as dead.
    Lee Edwards  --  The Origins of the Modern American Conservative Movement  --  http://www.heritage.org/Research/PoliticalPhilosophy/HL811.cfm(retrieved 06/29/06)
  • I feared ridicule and censure.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • But error on the side of caution cannot be censured.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • You are to be pitied, Mr Conklin, not censured.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • ’That’s your own fault,’ Milo censured them both selfrighteously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • I’m no longer afraid of censure by my colleagues or of being without the Academy, for I walked out myself and can never return.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • So far from being decorated, he had been censured for showing cowardice in the battle.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • Does he ever venture to vindicate his conduct, when censured for it?
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • he was censuring his father for the first time in his life
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • You will be censured, slighted, and despised, by everyone connected with him.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • ...those long since passed beyond the feeble censure of the world.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • ...To you, lord governor,
    Remains the censure of this hellish villain;
    The time, the place, the torture. O, enforce it!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • The more likely meaning of his censure was the distaste most of us felt for the Seeker’s Calling.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • I am not ignorant how much I have been censured for mentioning this last particular.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Advokat Bjurman had never been censured.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Rabbi Joshua son of Levi teaches us, ’Whoever does not labor in the Torah is said to be under the divine censure.’
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • And what fun to eat all you wanted without having censorious people say you weren’t ladylike.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Tolstoy, despite his famous advocacy of celibacy ... went on to father at least thirteen children, some of whom were conceived at the same time the censorious count was thundering in print against the evils of sex.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • But most potent in his education was the cuff of the master’s hand, the censure of the master’s voice.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • How can it be explained, not only to loved ones left behind, but to a censorious public?
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • "I do not think he is conceited either, in general," said Harriet, her conscience opposing such censure; "
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • even the mildest censure would lead him to...
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister’s Black Veil
  • Raveloe was not a place where moral censure was severe, but it was thought a weakness in the Squire that he had kept all his sons at home in idleness;
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • Don Quixote ... presently returned it saying, "In the little I have seen I have discovered three things in this author that deserve to be censured."
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • his censures proceeded from good-will
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • to censure them
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • To which, I hope, I may answer, "In Heaven"; ... there we shall embrace many a sinner, that here we think it a dishonour to converse with; & perceive many a heart we have broken here with censures, reproachings, & revilings, made whole again by the balm of the same Redeemer’s blood.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • censure me in your wisdom
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • I value not her censure any more than I should do her commendation.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • They talked often late into the night about it, as she tried to find passages from Scripture that would help ease his feelings of rejection and censure.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • therefore beware my censure, and keep your promise.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • I will hear no breath of censure against our dear Queen.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • I hear how I am censured:
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • they would censure me, and I would burst out laughing in their faces.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Madame Bovary senior found nothing to censure except perhaps this mania of knitting jackets for orphans instead of mending her own house-linen;
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • In my just censure, in my true opinion!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • He walked under the weight of this very private censure for the rest of his days
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Pardon, dear madam; ’tis a passing shame
    That I, unworthy body as I am,
    Should censure thus on lovely gentlemen.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • It was the first interruption, and the Magistrate felt bound to censure it.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • I do not censure her "opinions"; but there certainly "is" impropriety in making them public.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • ...cannot escape the censure which no doubt be deserves,
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He was regarded as something of a troublemaker but was never censured for it in any proportion to the amount of trouble he made.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Her tone couldn’t have held more wonder and censure if...
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Women who had wildly adored him, and for his sake had braved all social censure and set convention at defiance, were seen to grow pallid with shame or horror if Dorian Gray entered the room.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
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