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Definition abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway;
or: severe criticism
  • Mindful of John Wesley's strictures on the use of many words in buying and selling, Simon made a pile practicing medicine, but in this pursuit he was unhappy lest he be tempted into doing what he knew was not for the glory of God, as the putting on of gold and costly apparel.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
strictures = criticism
  • Harry doubted that Snape had even heard her strictures on Mul-ciber and Avery.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • There had been a moment of crisis when he stripped Galbatorix's strictures from the Eldunari the king had enslaved.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I will do my level best to protect the United States under those strictures despite the fact that the situation is most illogical.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • She was abandoning herself to a life of strictures, rules, obedience, housework, and a constant fear of disapproval.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • A smile that was permanently in conflict with some inner stricture against the seductiveness of humor.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • There is no stricture on you, for you have tried.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Other strictures apply, but in general, yes.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Poirot smiled, remembering MacQueen's strictures on "Britishers."
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • My father had less mad strictures about the city, though still intense ones.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Yet a feeling of stricture, of a responding hopelessness almost approaching ferocity, grew with alarming quickness about her.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • He had also agreed, to some extent, with Barnard's strictures on the air force.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • What would I give to hear your strictures on them!
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • I shall call this stricture, this rigidity, "death among the apple trees" for ever.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • At the American Community School, Luma was free from the strictures of a conservative Muslim society and at liberty to play sports as boys did.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • We had been having a heated discussion,—upon life, of course,—and, grown over-bold, I was passing stiff strictures upon Wolf Larsen and the life of Wolf Larsen.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • My father did, in any case, rapidly discover a way to circumvent the limitations on his effectiveness implied by the stricture that he should carry no laden trays.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • There are those who believed we should always reject bail, as it could be interpreted that we were fainthearted rebels who accepted the racist strictures of the legal system.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A laugh, or a joke, in honor of the "Sergeant's daughter," however, limited their strictures; though "Mabel Dunham" was soon a toast that even the ensign, or the lieutenant, did not disdain to give.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Stephen feels hemmed in by the strictures of Irish life, by family and politics and education and religion and narrow-mindedness; as we know by now, the antidote to limitations and shackles is freedom.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor

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