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English definition of “stricture”

stricture

noun [C] (CRITICISM)    /ˈstrɪk.tʃər/ US  /-tʃɚ/ formal
a statement of severe criticism or disapproval : The strictures of the United Nations have failed to have any effect on the warring factions .Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of stricture noun (CRITICISM) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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