The Closing Word: Censure

The Closing Word: CensureThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (SEN-shure)

1. harsh criticism or disapproval 2. the state of being excommunicated

rebuke formally

From “The noun and verb are most closely associated with official expressions of disapproval, as when Congress censures a senator. The noun is from Latin cēnsūra “censorship,” from cēnsor “an ancient Roman censor.” The job of a Roman censor was to take the census and to supervise public morals and behavior. Our English word censor—-which means to suppress speech or other forms of expression—-is from this Latin word.”

“The ethics violation earned the agent a formal censure and placed his license in jeopardy.”


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