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Definition harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
  • They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
  • The union agreed that she deserves censure, but does not think she should lose her job.
  • censure = criticism
  • In spite of the censure of her colleagues, she believed she had done the right thing.
  • censure = criticism
  • The Senate censured President Andrew Jackson for refusing to give them documents, but the censure was later repealed.
  • censured = formally criticized
  • 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
  • ...after his Senate censure in December 1954, Joseph McCarthy was as good as dead.
    Lee Edwards  --  The Origins of the Modern American Conservative Movement  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • It was an expression of severe censure and moral condemnation.
  • I feared ridicule and censure.
    Tim O'Brien  --  The Things They Carried
  • censure = criticism
  • But error on the side of caution cannot be censured.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • censured = criticized
  • You are to be pitied, Mr Conklin, not censured.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • censured = given harsh or formal criticism
  • 'That's your own fault,' Milo censured them both selfrighteously.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • censured = criticized
  • 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
  • censure = harsh or formal criticism
  • So far from being decorated, he had been censured for showing cowardice in the battle.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • censured = formally criticized
  • ...cannot escape the censure which no doubt be deserves,
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • censure = harsh or formal criticism
  • ...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
  • censure = harsh or formal criticism
  • The rest remained outside, and presently the whole crowd was censuring those who had accepted the invitation.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • censuring = criticizing
  • I am not ignorant how much I have been censured for mentioning this last particular.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver's Travels
  • censured = criticized
  • ...those long since passed beyond the feeble censure of the world.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • censure = criticism
  • How can it be explained, not only to loved ones left behind, but to a censorious public?
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • censorious = critical
  • You will be censured, slighted, and despised, by everyone connected with him.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
censured = criticized

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