Stricture is a restriction or sharp criticism.(noun)
An example of stricture is a harsh condemnation of a student's paper.
See stricture in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME strictture < L strictura < strictus: see strict
See stricture in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, an abnormal narrowing of a bodily part
Origin: , from Late Latin strictūra, contraction
Origin: , from Latin strictus
Origin: , past participle of stringere, to draw tight; see strict.
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