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stricture

One meaning of stricture is a nasty criticism, while the other is a sharp contraction of a tube or canal in the body. Either meaning can mean great pain to the person experiencing the stricture.

The noun stricture finds its roots in the Late Latin word strictūra, which came from the stem stringere, "to draw tightly." You might remember that meaning by its relationship with the word constrict, meaning "to tighten or draw in." The additional meaning, that of “a critical remark,” is often used in the plural form — like "the critical strictures against cheating."

Definitions of stricture
  1. noun
    a principle that limits the extent of something
    synonyms: limitation, restriction
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    narrowness
    a restriction of range or scope
    quantification
    a limitation imposed on the variables of a proposition (as by the quantifiers `some' or `all' or `no')
    restraint
    a rule or condition that limits freedom
    floodgate
    something that restrains a flood or outpouring
    type of:
    regulation, rule
    a principle or condition that customarily governs behavior
  2. noun
    abnormal narrowing of a bodily canal or passageway
    synonyms: stenosis
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    aortic stenosis
    abnormal narrowing of the aortic valve
    enterostenosis
    abnormal narrowing of the intestine
    laryngostenosis
    abnormal narrowing of the larynx
    pulmonary stenosis
    abnormal narrowing of the opening into the pulmonary artery from the right ventricle
    pyloric stenosis
    narrowing of the pyloric sphincter that blocks the passage of food from the stomach into the duodenum
    rhinostenosis
    narrowing of the passages in the nasal cavities
    mitral stenosis, mitral valve stenosis
    obstruction or narrowing of the mitral valve (as by scarring from rheumatic fever)
    ureterostenosis
    stenosis of the ureter
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    pathology
    any deviation from a healthy or normal condition
  3. noun
    severe criticism
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    criticism, unfavorable judgment
    disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings
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