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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.
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81) Like Senator Southard in 1834,(82) these Republicans implicitly distinguished between disagreeing with the President's conduct and actually censuring him.
Senate Republican leader Trent Lott floated the idea of censuring President Clinton, if there was insufficient evidence to impeach him, in an interview in which he also called on Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr to wrap up his investigation quickly.
Censuring vile speech is more effective than censoring it.
However, I think censuring the President is not appropriate until Congress completes a truly bipartisan investigation into the surveillance program.
Soon after Senator Russ Feingold, Democrat of Wisconsin, proposed censuring the President for his unauthorized wiretap ping program, Democrats began tripping all over themselves as they rushed to back away from the proposal.
He also thinks it is not appropriate for the Senate to be in the business of censuring a president for any disagreement that Congress has with him.
Entitled "Time for Facts, Not Resolutions," it scolded Senator Russ Feingold for having the temerity to call for censuring Bush.
That motion would acknowledge the Senate hasn't enough votes to convict Clinton but that the impeachment by the House was the severest form of censuring him.
Tom Daschle, the minority leader, said flatly Tuesday that there were not enough votes for conviction in the Senate to remove President Clinton from office, but there was bipartisan support for censuring him.