censure

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v censure rebuke formally
    • n censure harsh criticism or disapproval
    • n censure the state of being excommunicated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Censure Judgment either favorable or unfavorable; opinion. "Take each man's censure , but reserve thy judgment."
    • Censure Judicial or ecclesiastical sentence or reprimand; condemnatory judgment. "Excommunication or other censure of the church."
    • Censure The act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame. "Both the censure and the praise were merited."
    • Censure To condemn or reprimand by a judicial or ecclesiastical sentence.
    • Censure To find fault with and condemn as wrong; to blame; to express disapprobation of. "I may be censured that nature thus gives way to loyalty."
    • Censure To form or express a judgment in regard to; to estimate; to judge. "Should I say more, you might well censure me a flatterer."
    • v. i Censure To judge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n censure Judgment; opinion.
    • n censure Judicial sentence; formal condemnation.
    • n censure Eccles., a penalty imposed upon an offender. It may consist in public rebuke or in temporary or permanent suspension from communion or from office. See discipline.
    • n censure The act of criticizing, especially of finding fault; criticism; expression of blame or disapprobation; faultfinding; condemnation; animadversion.
    • n censure A custom which formerly prevailed in several manors in Cornwall and Devonshire, England, by which all the inhabitants above the age of sixteen were summoned to swear fealty to the lord of the manor, to pay eleven pence per poll, and a penny a year ever after as censemoney or common fine. The persons thus sworn were called censers.
    • n censure Synonyms Admonition, Monition, etc. (see admonition), stricture, reprobation, disapproval, reflection, dispraise, reproval.
    • censure To estimate; reckon; regard; consider.
    • censure To judge; adjudge; pass judgment on; sentence.
    • censure Eccles., to discipline by public rebuke, etc. See censure, n., 3.
    • censure To criticize, especially adversely; find fault with and condemn; blame; express disapprobation of: as, to censure a man, or his manners or conduct; to censure a book.
    • censure Synonyms Reprove, Rebuke, Reprimand, Censure, Remonstrate with, Expostulate with, Reproach, chide, reprehend, take to task, rate, berate, scold, upbraid, lecture. To reprove is to admonish with disapprobation. To rebuke is to reprove strongly or sharply. To reprimand is to reprove officially; it is the act of one having authority. To censure is to express an unfavorable opinion; it is less personal than the previous terms. Remonstrate with and expostulate with are more argumentative and imply more of advice than either reprove or censure; they also apply only to acts now taking place or about to take place, while censure applies only to what is past. To reproach a person is to lay blame upon him in direct address, and with feeling, to endeavor to shame him with what he has done. The words advance in the degree of likelihood that the person reproved, etc., does not admit the fault for which he is taken to task. See the distinction of corresponding nouns under admonition.
    • censure To pass an opinion, especially a severe opinion; judge: followed by of or on.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Censure sen′shūr an unfavourable judgment: blame: reproof:
    • v.t Censure to blame: to condemn as wrong
    • n Censure sen′shūr (obs.) criticism, judgment generally
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Quotations

  • William Penn
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    “They have a right to censure that have a heart to help.”
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph%20Addison
    “A man's first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart, and his next to escape the censures of the world.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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    “Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.”
  • Seigneur De Saint-Evremond
    Seigneur De Saint-Evremond
    “The censure of those who are opposed to us, is the highest commendation that can be given us.”
  • William Gilmore Simms
    William Gilmore Simms
    “He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.”
  • Jonathan Swift
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    “Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. censura, fr. censere,: cf. F. censure,. Cf. Censor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. censūra, an opinion, a severe judgment—censēre, to estimate or judge.

Usage

In literature:

Erasmus in a dignified letter appeals to their friendship; he will suffer himself to be taught and censured.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
In 1595, at two-and-twenty, Southampton justified Lady Bridget's censure by a public proof of his fallibility.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
For friendship requires praise as much as censure on the proper occasion.
"Plutarch's Morals" by Plutarch
A growing indifference for the censure of Judaism was quite a natural result.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
I only beg a favourable censure of this and your ARAMINTA.
"The Comedies of William Congreve Volume 1 [of 2]" by William Congreve
Southern mentioned him with sharp censure, as a man that meanly disowned his native country.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. in Nine Volumes" by Samuel Johnson
Ev'n his own proud companions censured him.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
Settlers, who delighted in their controversies, or dreaded their censure, subscribed to them all.
"The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2)" by John West
Censure grew till it became intolerable.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
About to return to England, he was perfectly indifferent to the censure of the Commons of Canada.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
At length they were censured and rejected by the Commons without a division.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
Lyford acknowledged his censure was farr less then he deserved.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
In such a case pity must blend with censure.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
We leave others to judge whether these censures are merited.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
They laugh when they should weep; they are gloomy when they should rejoice; they flatter when censure is due.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Other members of the company received equally unlooked-for censure of their dramatic efforts.
"Hepsey Burke" by Frank Noyes Westcott
He was loudly denounced for this, and, to avoid Parliamentary censure, again resigned office.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
Spinoza had not yet been graduated from his student days when the Synagogue thought him a fit object for official censure and threat.
"The Philosophy of Spinoza" by Baruch de Spinoza
No censure therefore on pilgrimages that spring from such deep impulses!
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
The bitter censure which was cast at him from all sides, could move him to nothing weak or unworthy of his high nature.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
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In poetry:

And I went bad when rot defaced
Our time, and life became infested,
When grief was censured as disgrace
And all played optimists and yes-men.
"Change" by Boris Pasternak
Do not scourge them with your censure!
For sufficient are the smarts
From the wounds received in battling
With their own weak, sinful hearts..
"Have Charity" by Joseph Warren Watson
And when a critic standing near
Censured her act, misunderstood,
Christ spoke so that the world might hear;
He said, "She hath done what she could."
"Ministering Women" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
What seem'd then so right, brother,
Let no censure now,
No unkindly brow,
Damage in thy sight, brother;
Yesterday did what it could; Scorn not thou its humbler good!
"A Maxim Of Peace" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Even children kill the birds thus captured,--
And, since none censures or withstands,
They seize the tiny skulls, enraptured
To crush them in their blood-smeared hands!
"Bird Slaughter" by John Lawson Stoddard
If merchants, unscrupulous, cheat with a will
While their lips are at honesty curled,--
Harsh blame, hie away! And your censure, be still!
It is only the way of the world!
"The Way Of The World" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

Nuns consider response to Vatican censure .
Port St Lucie Mayor JoAnn Faiella reacts to discussion about her censure during Monday night's City Council meeting.
Two members of the DPJ, including Mr Kan's outspoken chief of staff, were censured in the upper house of parliament for a variety of mishaps, just days after the justice minister was forced to resign for making a joke about his duties.
In parliamentary terms censure is a symbolic gesture.
In spite of Skyy Fisher's apology, board votes to censure him.
Danner responds to censure issue.
Big Bear City, CA, March 13, 2012 10:00 am – The Big Bear Airport Board is considering the censure of one of the Directors, Gloria Greene, who was elected to the office in 2008.
School board member Sean Brown may be censured for mentioning "local terrorists" in a Facebook wall post that linked to a photograph of School Superintendent Bessie LeFra Young on the district's website.
League censure isn't fine with Lions' Ndamukong Suh.
Wolf was censured for walking out of an executive session and for referring to the superintendent in a "highly derogatory fashion.".
Zuma's Wal-Mart Censure May Deter Investment in South Africa.
Iranian Intellectuals Censure Regime's Nuclear Policy.
LIVINGSTON — Three members of the Livingston school board face censure by the state's education commissioner for compromising the confidentiality rights of a student, the now-college-age son of a former school board trustee, Sheri L Goldberg.
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You're hearing, I'm sure, about how this is extraordinary because it's the first time in 27 years that a House member will be formally censured .
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In science:

Up to constant factor, this is a generalization of our initial setting, and can describe a situation where the data is censured, akin to the setting of Loh and Wainwright (2011), but where the censured entries are not necessarily chosen at random.
Optimal detection of sparse principal components in high dimension
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