strong or vehement expression of disapproval:
The newspapers were unanimous in their censure of the tax proposal.
an official reprimand, as by a legislative body of one of its members.
to criticize or reproach in a harsh or vehement manner:
She is more to be pitied than censured.
to give censure, adverse criticism, disapproval, or blame.
severe disapproval; harsh criticism
to criticize (someone or something) severely; condemn
late 14c., originally ecclesiastical, from Latin censura “judgment, opinion,” also “office of a censor,” from census, past participle of censere “appraise, estimate, assess” (see censor (n.)). General sense of “a finding of fault and an expression of condemnation” is from c.1600.
1580s, from censure (n.) or else from French censurer, from censure (n.). Related: Censured; censuring.
Such men are so watchful to censure, that the have seldom much care to look for favourable interpretations of ambiguities, to set the general tenor of life against single failures, or to know how soon any slip of inadvertency has been expiated by sorrow and retractation; but let fly their fulminations, without mercy or prudence, against slight offences or casual temerities, against crimes never committed, or immediately repented. [Johnson, “Life of Sir Thomas Browne,” 1756]
an official enumeration of the population, with details as to age, sex, occupation, etc. (in ancient Rome) the registration of citizens and their property, for purposes of taxation. to take a census of (a country, city, etc.): The entire nation is censused every 10 years. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples noun (pl) -suses an official periodic […]
a person who gathers information for a census. Historical Examples
a standard area in certain large American cities used by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for purposes of population enumeration.
a bronze coin of the U.S., the 100th part of a U.S. dollar: made of steel during part of 1943. Symbol: ¢. the 100th part of the monetary units of various other nations, including Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brunei, Canada, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Mauritius, New Zealand, the Seychelles, […]