censorial

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj censorial belonging or relating to a censor or a censor's functions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Censorial Belonging to a censor, or to the correction of public morals.
    • Censorial Full of censure; censorious. "The censorial declamation of Juvenal."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • censorial Belonging to a censor, or to the correction of public morals: as, the censorial office in ancient Rome.
    • censorial Full of censure; censorious; severe: as, “censorial declamation,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Censorial belonging to a censor, or to the correction of public morals
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—censēre, to weigh, to estimate.

Usage

In literature:

He had some habits, which, to the stupid and censorious, might almost seem childish.
"If Winter Don't" by Barry Pain
But I ought not to be censorious.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
She cared nothing now for the censorious tongues.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
He avoided censorious writing, and most of the people he mentions are praised.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
When a man first stops drinking he is likely to become censorious.
"The Old Game" by Samuel G. Blythe
The world is censorious, Alden Lytton.
"Victor's Triumph" by Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
Now, I am not, I hope, censorious and I do not say that she had a lucky escape, but I can say she thinks so.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
We are less censorious than our ancestors were.
"The American Mind" by Bliss Perry
Censorious she certainly was.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
How much freer utterance among many good Christians have anger, contempt, and censoriousness, than tenderness and love!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
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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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