Definition of censorious in English:



  • Severely critical of others.

    ‘censorious champions of morality’
    • ‘In today's censorious and disapproving cultural climate, however, the authorities are reluctant to leave this ‘problem’ alone.’
    • ‘The Capital's restaurant is the proud recipient of two Michelin stars, and head chef Eric Chavot's innovative style has been praised by even the most censorious of critics.’
    • ‘Both sides were equally censuring and censorious in their own ways.’
    • ‘Even so censorious a critic as Ruskin saw them as useful in an age hungry for popular information.’
    • ‘But today the implications of such a conflation of different levels of criticism and prejudice are dangerously censorious.’
    • ‘This tactic may indicate the weakness of the arguments put forward by Lomborg's critics, but in today's censorious climate it can be effectively used to silence any real debate.’
    • ‘How do you tell someone you're disappointed in them without sounding like a patronising censorious cow?’
    • ‘Just as Hugh Hefner relied on censorious foes to elevate his stature, Sports Illustrated has cultivated its own opposition to enhance its probity; the magazine is sporting about its own critics.’
    • ‘The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education said UCSD's reading of the USA Patriot act was laughably censorious.’
    • ‘But I do remember the whole censorious tone in which the company's statement was read out - when the BBC could so easily have taken the opportunity to actually educate the kids in this small but quite useful fact of pricing.’
    • ‘The Church of Scotland's preaching and doctrine emphasised a believer's personal relationship with God, but it was often regarded as being stifling and censorious, and too keen on banning what might divert from the spiritual.’
    • ‘Although he insisted that he meant nothing censorious by his remarks, and that he is in favour of Israeli policy being ‘debated freely and civilly’, his words have had a chilling effect on political discourse.’
    • ‘Some 80 years later, Sheridan cleaned it up in a version called A Trip to Scarborough to suit a more censorious climate but happily retained ‘stap my vitals’ while adding one or two coinages of his own.’
    • ‘She became pregnant, but in the 1940s the censorious attitudes of society made it impossible for her to keep the child when she was living in an environment where her pregnancy would be known and she would be ostracised.’
    • ‘Otherwise, on whose authority do those censorious correspondents write who continually fret and complain because a dynamic world language cannot be constrained within the dilapidated palisade of their rusty rules?’
    • ‘That the ‘new openness’ is driven more by official doubt than by a clamour for liberation is clear from the fact that the BBFC remains petty and censorious - but only on what it considers to be safer ground.’
    • ‘The board is certainly less censorious than ever before: so far this year it has considered 150 films and cut just three, plus 2,262 videos, of which it demanded changes in only 95.’
    • ‘Its four young film-makers decided in 1996 to produce an ‘underground’ film that broke free of all the rules of film production under the censorious New Order.’
    • ‘The decision to recall the journal and suppress this article is about as far from the principle of academic freedom as you can get, and I hope that the censorious little fascists responsible suffer for it.’
    hypercritical, overcritical, severely critical, disapproving, condemnatory, condemning, castigatory, denunciatory, deprecatory, disparaging, unforgiving, reproachful, reproving, censuring, captious, fault-finding, carping, cavilling, full of reproof, vituperative
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Mid 16th century from Latin censorius (from censor ‘magistrate’) + -ious.