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The formal word ‘censure’ expresses the act of blaming or condemning severely. It implies that the reprimanding is done by a person in authority or in a position of significant influence, and that the rebuke is delivered openly and publicly. Most commonly used in a professional context.
I quickly censured John for his outburst in the meeting. I simply cannot have my authority publicly questioned in that way.
The media will censure that politician no matter what he does. They seem incapable of hiding their bias against him.
I have reviewed the infraction committed by the employee and come to the decision that it was accidental and therefore not censurable.