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Synonyms of 'censure'

(verb) 
Definition
to criticize (someone or something) severely
I would not presume to censure him for his views.
Synonyms
criticize
His mother had rarely criticized him or any of her children.
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blame
I do not blame them for trying to make some money.
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abuse
He alleged that he was verbally abused by other soldiers.
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condemn
Political leaders united yesterday to condemn the latest wave of violence.
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carpet (informal)
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flame (informal)
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denounce
The leaders took the opportunity to denounce the attacks.
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put down
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slate (informal)
Slated by critics at the time, the film has since become a classic.
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rebuke
They have been seriously rebuked.
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reprimand
He was reprimanded by a teacher.
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reproach
She is quick to reproach anyone.
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scold
If he finds out, he'll scold me.
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berate
Marion berated Joe for the noise he made.
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castigate
She castigated him for having no intellectual interests.
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chide
He is quick to chide his staff for any mistakes or oversights.
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tear into (informal)
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diss (slang)
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blast
They have blasted the report.
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read the riot act
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reprove
Women were reproved if they did not wear hats.
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upbraid
Eleanor upbraided him for things he'd left undone.
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slap on the wrist
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damn
You can't damn him for his beliefs.
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lambast(e)
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bawl out (informal)
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rap over the knuckles
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chew out (US, Canadian, informal)
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tear (someone) off a strip (British, informal)
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give (someone) a rocket (British, New Zealand, informal)
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reprehend
Opposites
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laud (literary)
(noun) 
Definition
severe disapproval
It is a controversial policy which has attracted international censure.
Synonyms
disapproval
His action had been greeted with almost universal disapproval.
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criticism
The policy had repeatedly come under strong criticism.
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condemnation
There was widespread condemnation of Saturday's riots.
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rebuke
`Silly little boy' was his favourite expression of rebuke.
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reprimand
He has been given a severe reprimand.
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reproach
Her reproach was automatic.
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dressing down (informal)
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stick (slang)
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stricture
a thinly disguised stricture against the rights of man
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reproof
a reproof that she responded to right away
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sideswipe
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castigation
Helen's merciless castigation of her staff in public
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reprehension
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of abuse
Definition
to speak insultingly or cruelly to
He alleged that he was verbally abused by other soldiers.
Synonyms
put down,
slate (informal, British),
slag (off) (slang),
swear at,
diss (slang),
flame (informal),
call names,
traduce (formal),
in the sense of berate
Definition
to scold harshly
Marion berated Joe for the noise he made.
Synonyms
carpet (informal),
put down,
slate (informal, British),
tear into (informal),
tell off (informal),
rail at,
flame (informal),
diss (slang),
read the riot act to,
slap on the wrist,
lambast(e),
bawl out (informal),
rap over the knuckles,
chew out (US, Canadian, informal),
tear (someone) off a strip (British, informal),
give a rocket (British, New Zealand, informal),
in the sense of blame
I do not blame them for trying to make some money.
Synonyms
tax,
flame (informal),
put down,
disapprove of,
tear into (informal),
diss (slang),
find fault with,
lambast(e),
reprehend,
express disapprobation of

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