Stricture is a restriction or sharp criticism.
An example of stricture is a harsh condemnation of a student's paper.
- sharp adverse criticism; censure
- a limiting or restricting condition; restriction
- Obs. strictness
- Med. an abnormal narrowing of a passage in the body; stenosis
Origin of strictureMiddle English strictture ; from Classical Latin strictura ; from strictus: see strict
- A restraint, limit, or restriction: strictures placed on free assembly; strictures against food in the library; the strictures of traditional gender roles.
- An abnormal narrowing of a bodily duct or passage.
- An adverse remark or criticism: “my writing &ellipsis; which he praises sufficiently to give his strictures a good deal of force” (Virginia Woolf).
Origin of strictureMiddle English, an abnormal narrowing of a bodily part, from Late Latin strict&umacron;ra, contraction, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see strict.
- (usually in plural) a rule restricting behaviour or action
- For them, parity is less an ultimate goal than a transitory and permissive springboard for testing Western resolve and pursuing whatever additional accretions of strategic power the strictures of SALT and American tolerance will allow.
- a sternly critical remark or review
- (medicine) abnormal narrowing of a canal or duct in the body
- (linguistics) the degree of contact, in consonants
From Late Latin strictÅ«ra, from Latin strictus.