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Censure Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    censure n
  1. harsh criticism or disapproval [syn: animadversion]
  2. the state of being excommunicated [syn: excommunication, exclusion] v : rebuke formally [syn: reprimand, criminate]
Censure Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Censure \Cen"sure\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Censured; p. pr. & vb. n. Censuring.] [Cf. F. ensurer.]
  1. To form or express a judgment in regard to; to estimate; to judge. [Obs.] ``Should I say more, you might well censure me a flatterer.'' --Beau. & Fl.
  2. To find fault with and condemn as wrong; to blame; to express disapprobation of. I may be censured that nature thus gives way to loyalty. --Shak.
  3. To condemn or reprimand by a judicial or ecclesiastical sentence. --Shak. Syn: To blame; reprove; rebuke; condemn; reprehend; reprimand.
Censure Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Censure \Cen"sure\, v. i. To judge. [Obs.] --Shak.
Censure Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Censure \Cen"sure\, n. [L. censura fr. censere: cf. F. censure. Cf. Censor.]
  1. Judgment either favorable or unfavorable; opinion. [Obs.] Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment. --Shak.
  2. The act of blaming or finding fault with and condemning as wrong; reprehension; blame. Both the censure and the praise were merited. --Macaulay.
  3. Judicial or ecclesiastical sentence or reprimand; condemnatory judgment. Excommunication or other censure of the church. --Bp. Burnet. Syn: Blame; reproof; condemnation; reprobation; disapproval; disapprobation; reprehension; animadversion; reprimand; reflection; dispraise; abuse.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Censure'


Censure (pronounced /ˈsɛnʃər/) is a process by which a formal reprimand is issued to an individual by an authoritative body. In a deliberative assembly, a motion to censure is used.

In politics, censure is an alternative to more serious measures against misconduct or dereliction of duty.

Censure is a procedure by which the House of Commons or the Senate can rebuke the actions or conduct of an individual. The power to censure is not directly mentioned in the constitutional texts of Canada but is derived from the powers bestowed upon both Chambers through section 17 of the Constitution Act, 1867. A motion of censure can be introduced by any Member of Parliament or Senator and passed by a simple majority for censure to be deemed to have been delivered. In addition, if the censure is related to the privileges of the Chamber, the individual in question could be summoned to the bar of the House or Senate (or, in the case of a sitting member, to that member's place in the chamber) to be censured, and could also face other sanctions from the house, including imprisonment. Normally, censure is exclusively an on-the-record rebuke — it is not equivalent to a motion of no confidence, and a prime minister can continue in office even if censured.

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* The censure of those who are opposed to us, is the highest commendation that can be given us. - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

* Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice take each man's censure but reserve thy judgement. - William Shakespeare

* Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it. - Plato


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