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censure (one)

To criticize or scold someone, often in an official manner. The judge censured the lawyer for his outburst during the hearing.
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censure someone (for something)

to criticize someone formally for having done something. Please don't censure us for doing our duty. The legislature proposed to censure one of its members.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The issue burst forth during the so-called season of goodwill, as no fewer than 58 Oxford academics ganged up to censure one of their colleagues for arguing that Britain must not feel guilty about its colonial history, and regarding apology for Empire as compulsory.
The lawmakers "are particularly interested in the goings-on at the university system," wrote the Tribune's Reeve Hamilton, "because they were appointed to monitor it by their colleagues on the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, which voted to admonish and censure one of the system's regents, Wallace Hall, earlier this year."
Larson and Martinez Fischer are particularly interested in the goings-on at the university system because they were appointed to monitor it by their colleagues on the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, which voted to admonish and censure one of the system's regents, Wallace Hall, earlier this year.
The two lawmakers were appointed by their colleagues on the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations to monitor the University of Texas System Board of Regents after the legislative committee voted to admonish and censure one of those regents, Wallace Hall.