Definition of stricture noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈstrɪktʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈstrɪktʃər//
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  1. 1[usually plural] stricture (on somebody/something) a severe criticism, especially of somebody’s behaviour She merely ignored any strictures on the way she dressed.
  2. 2stricture (against/on something) a rule or situation that restricts your behaviour synonym restriction strictures against civil servants expressing political opinions
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the medical sense; abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body): from Latin strictura, from stringere ‘draw tight’. Another sense of the Latin verb, ‘touch lightly’, gave rise to sense (1) via an earlier meaning ‘incidental remark’.
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