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  • IPA(key): /sɛnˈsɔɹiəs/
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censorious (comparative more censorious, superlative most censorious)

  1. Addicted to censure and scolding; apt to blame or condemn; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners.
    • 1680, Horace, Earl of Roscommon [i.e., Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon], transl., Horace’s Art of Poetry. [], London: [] Henry Herringman [], OCLC 81670860, page 24:
      Be not too rigidly Cenſorious, / A ſtring may jarr in the beſt Maſters hand, / And the moſt skilfull Archer miſs his aim; / But in a Poem elegantly writ, / I will not quarrel with a ſlight miſtake, / Such as our Natures frailty may excuſe; [...]
    • 2013 September 20, Holly Baxter, “Is masturbating in public a laughing matter?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      But I'm guessing the girls didn't push for molestation charges because they were censorious prudes who would grow into knowing how to take such behaviour on the chin – they felt genuinely threatened, they took their concerns to court, and they deserved more than being told that they'd misread the situation all along.
  2. Implying or expressing censure.
    censorious remarks



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