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severely critical; faultfinding; carping.
Contemporary Examples

Yet jollity and gloom are still at war in our censorious age.
A History of American Fun Stefan Beck February 8, 2014

But amid all the censorious protests against “self-censorship” an important legal principle has been ignored.
Three Cheers for Censorship! Lee Siegel August 29, 2009

Historical Examples

He bids him above all things not to be censorious, and not to be ostentatious.
Seekers after God Frederic William Farrar

It was a mad world—a world in which it was not safe to be censorious.
The Kingdom Round the Corner Coningsby Dawson

For love is not censorious, but is inclined to judge the best, till evidence constrain you to the contrary.
A Christian Directory (Part 4 of 4) Richard Baxter

But France being old-fashioned and behind the times is not censorious.
The Monster Edgar Saltus

“And he never does any thing else,” said the old lady of the censorious countenance.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, No. XXVII, August 1852, Vol. V Various

But one must not be too censorious in thinking of Mary Stuart.
Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete Lyndon Orr

When it carried him the people found fault, and when he carried it they were as censorious as ever.
A Word to Women Mrs. C. E. Humphry

Nothing in the world can secure you from censorious, slanderous tongues.
A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4) Richard Baxter

harshly critical; fault-finding

“fond of criticizing,” 1530s, from Latin censorius “pertaining to a censor,” also “rigid, severe,” from censor (see censor (n.)). Related: Censoriously; censoriousness.


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