censorious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj censorious harshly critical or expressing censure "was censorious of petty failings"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Censorious Addicted to censure; apt to blame or condemn; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners. "A dogmatical spirit inclines a man to be consorious of his neighbors."
    • Censorious Implying or expressing censure; as, censorious remarks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • censorious Addicted to censure; apt to blame or condemn; severe in commenting on others or on their actions, manners, writings, etc.; captious; carping: as, a censorious critic.
    • censorious Implying or expressing censure: as, censorious remarks.
    • censorious Synonyms Hypercritical, faultfinding, carping, captious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Censorious expressing censure: fault-finding—also Censō′rian
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. censorius, pertaining to the censor. See Censor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—censēre, to weigh, to estimate.

Usage

In literature:

Perhaps if I had had some experience of a batch of them, I should be more censorious of other people.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 12, No. 32, November, 1873" by Various
His language, where he could spare or pass by a jest, was nobly censorious.
"The Preacher and His Models" by James Stalker
They are accused of disgusting affectation, of pretending to youth, to censorial importance, and to an exquisite sensibility.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
A work of jurisprudence is either expository of what the law is, or censorial, showing what it should be.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
The printing department has no censorial powers.
"Looking Backward" by Edward Bellamy
By "Cato," he means a censorious or over-scrupulous reader.
"The Fables of Phædrus" by Phaedrus
Because he had come so near to hating, he accused himself of censoriousness.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
However, it proved that Mary's silence had neither an unfriendly nor a censorious intention.
"The Woman from Outside" by Hulbert Footner
ON CENSORIOUSNESS, WISDOM, CONTENTION, ETC.
"The New Testament" by Various
After all, here was a babe equipped to face the exigencies of a censorious world; in looks and apparel a credit to any father.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
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In poetry:

Herod in judgment sits, while I do stand;
Examines me with a censorious hand:
I him obey, who all things else command:
Was ever grief like mine?
"The Sacrifice" by George Herbert
Bearing a musical inaudible abacus,
a slight censorious frown, and blue ribbons,
please come flying.
Facts and skyscrapers glint in the tide; Manhattan
is all awash with morals this fine morning,
so please come flying.
"Invitation to Miss Marianne Moore" by Elizabeth Bishop

In news:

But you had to know where to read between the lines, to decipher the mixed signals sent through cracks in the censorious Production Code.
Indeed it does, and you don't have to be an anarchist to smile wickedly as Coward 's characters poke bruising fun at all the censorious prigs, both moral and political, who talk a better game than they play.
The new liberal censoriousness and its growing list of targets.
Censory overload ( Mash photo illustration / May 31, 2012 ).
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