from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to censure; highly critical.
  • adj. Expressing censure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Addicted to censure and scolding; apt to blame or condemn; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners.
  • adj. Implying or expressing censure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Addicted to censure; apt to blame or condemn; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners.
  • adj. Implying or expressing censure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Addicted to censure; apt to blame or condemn; severe in commenting on others or on their actions, manners, writings, etc.; captious; carping: as, a censorious critic.
  • Implying or expressing censure: as, censorious remarks.
  • Synonyms Hypercritical, faultfinding, carping, captious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. harshly critical or expressing censure


Latin cēnsōrius, of a censor, from cēnsor, Roman censor; see censor.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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