censure (one)

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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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"If it was inadvertent taking, that would have to be looked upon on its own merits and you might censure someone for that but you wouldn't take penal action.
Works for the middling sort warned further against giving unsolicited advice, censuring any class of persons (lest one censure someone present), or praising another's perfections when it might wound someone present.