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robjen
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 9:52:47 PM
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My friend taught me a new word, censure. I will try to use it in a sentence.

(ex) Tom is not happy with his new job. He doesn't like lots of overtime, unfriendly colleagues, low pay or difficult duties. He is always censuring the job in front of his friends.

Am I using the word correctly? Thanks for your help.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 10:23:50 PM

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Not really - it is correct by definition, but 'censure' is used for official notifications of disapproval (and usually for quite large things).

Parliament may censure one of its members for financial crimes.
A church may censure a person or an activity they feel is anti-religious or heretical.

cen·sure n.
1. An expression of strong disapproval or harsh criticism.
2. An official rebuke, as by a legislature of one of its members.
tr.v.
To express strong disapproval of or criticize severely, especially in an official capacity: "whether the Senate will censure one of its members for conflict of interest"

It's not a word one would use for complaining about the job. That's just 'being critical' or 'complaining about' work.

EDITED to add: It's a rather unusual word - not commonly used except for legal and official-type situations.


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thar
Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:21:43 PM

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It is wrong because it is not to say bad things about something. A censure is a telling-off, in an official way.
It is a form of punishment.

If a police officer breaks the rules in a serious they will be censured.
If they do even worse they will be prosecuted, fined, even jailed.


It is a punishment meted out to a person or an organisation. It is not a criticism of a thing like a job.
palapaguy
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:38:59 AM

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thar wrote:

It is a punishment meted out to a person or an organisation. It is not a criticism of a thing like a job.


Right. It is applied to a person, not to a thing.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019 3:09:55 AM

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Most would say: "He is always criticizing the job in front of his friends."


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