stric|ture «STRIHK chuhr», noun.
1. an unfavorable criticism; critical remark: »

We may now and then add a few strictures of reproof (Samuel Johnson).

2. an unhealthy narrowing of some canal, duct, or tube of the body, as of the urethra, esophagus, or intestine.
3. a binding or tightening; binding restriction; constriction: »

A windless stricture of frost had bound the air (Robert Louis Stevenson). They are heterodox Muslims, accepting the Prophet's precepts but rejecting some of his strictures, e.g., their women go unveiled (Time).

4. Obsolete. strictness: »

A man of stricture and firm abstinence (Shakespeare).

[< Latin strictūra < strictus; see etym. under strict (Cf.strict)]

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