1) N-COUNT: usu pl, oft N on/against n You can use strictures to refer to severe criticism or disapproval of something. [FORMAL]

...Mencken's strictures on the 1920s, with its self-righteous prohibition on alcohol and unconventional ideas...

This satirical address was a thinly disguised stricture against the doctrine of the rights of man.

2) N-COUNT: usu pl, usu with supp You can refer to things that limit what you can do as strictures of a particular kind. [mainly FORMAL]

Your goals are hindered by financial strictures.

...the power of the imagination to subdue the strictures of daily life.


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