Expostulate vs Censure - What's the difference?

expostulate | censure |

As verbs the difference between expostulate and censure

is that expostulate is to protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct while censure is to criticize harshly.

As a noun censure is

the act of blaming, criticizing, or condemning as wrong; reprehension.




  • To protest or remonstrate; to reason earnestly with a person on some impropriety of conduct.
  • * Jowett
  • Men expostulate with erring friends; they bring accusations against enemies who have done them a wrong.
  • * 1719,
  • The tears would run plentifully down my face when I made these reflections; and sometimes I would expostulate with myself why Providence should thus completely ruin His creatures, and render them so absolutely miserable; so without help, abandoned, so entirely depressed, that it could hardly be rational to be thankful for such a life.
  • * 1843 , '', book 2, ch. XI, ''The Abbot’s Ways
  • […] he affectionately loved many persons to whom he never or hardly ever shewed a countenance of love. Once on my venturing to expostulate with him on the subject, he reminded me of Solomon: “Many sons I have; it is not fit that I should smile on them.”


    * challenge * demur * except * inveigh * kick * object * protest * remonstrate * squawk ----



    (en noun)
  • The act of blaming]], criticizing, or [[condemn, condemning as wrong; reprehension.
  • * Macaulay
  • Both the censure and the praise were merited.
  • An official reprimand.
  • Judicial or ecclesiastical sentence or reprimand; condemnatory judgment.
  • * Bishop Burnet
  • excommunication or other censure of the church
  • (obsolete) Judgment either favorable or unfavorable; opinion.
  • * William Shakespeare Hamlet , Act I, scene III:
  • Take each man's censure , but reserve thy judgment.


  • to criticize harshly
  • * Shakespeare
  • I may be censured that nature thus gives way to loyalty.
  • to formally rebuke
  • (obsolete) To form or express a judgment in regard to; to estimate; to judge.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Should I say more, you might well censure me a flatterer.


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