censor

noun
cen·​sor | \ˈsen(t)-sər \

Definition of censor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who supervises conduct and morals: such as

a : an official who examines materials (such as publications or films) for objectionable matter Government censors deleted all references to the protest.

b : an official (as in time of war) who reads communications (such as letters) and deletes material considered sensitive or harmful

2 : one of two magistrates of early Rome acting as census takers, assessors, and inspectors of morals and conduct Cato the Censor accused Africanus and his senior officers of running an army riddled with moral laxity— Colleen McCullough

3 : a hypothetical psychic agency that represses unacceptable notions before they reach consciousness

censor

verb
censored; censoring\ˈsen(t)-​sə-​riŋ, ˈsen(t)s-​riŋ \

Definition of censor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to examine in order to suppress (see suppress sense 2) or delete anything considered objectionable censor the news also : to suppress or delete as objectionable censor out indecent passages

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Other Words from censor

Noun

censorial \sen-​ˈsȯr-​ē-​əl \ adjective

Examples of censor in a Sentence

Noun

Government censors deleted all references to the protest.

Verb

The station censored her speech before broadcasting it. His report was heavily censored.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clarence Doetsch’s letter to Eugene Doetsch, dated Nov. 24, 1918, was intercepted by censors. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018 And while a previous threat carried by Iranian media drew an immediate government response from censors, this one went by without censure. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "AP Analysis: Yemen rebel threats to Dubai show danger looms," 31 Aug. 2018 The phone number was rapidly unraveled to its component parts, spliced and digested into a series of jokes, images and even puzzles designed to continue sharing the number while dodging Twitter’s censors. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Was it right to dox Stephen Miller? That’s the wrong question," 27 June 2018 Its appeal has prompted Communist Party outfits to set up accounts, and, on one occasion, state censors to place restrictions on it. The Economist, "A Chinese music-video app is making WeChat sweat," 12 July 2018 The most obvious reason is regulatory: China has no official ratings system, and the country's notoriously strict censors only permit the release of films deemed acceptable to audiences of all ages. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Blumhouse Teams With Tang Media Partners to Make Horror Movies for China (Exclusive)," 18 June 2018 An Allegiant Air flight from Orlando-Sanford International Airport was diverted to Knoxville, Tenn. on Monday after a warning censor came on, according to a spokeswoman. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Warning censor diverts Allegiant flight from Sanford," 30 Apr. 2018 Despite censors, Chinese internet chat rooms for veterans are still lively with talk of the various protests. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Marching Across China, Army Veterans Join Ranks of Protesters," 25 June 2018 In addition to encountering rancor from Italian censors, Playmen also was frequently challenged by Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy. refinery29.com, "The Risqué Italian Magazine That J. Paul Getty III Appeared In Has A Controversial History," 26 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While the vocalists appeared to be censoring the lyrics for the audience, their timing was off during a few parts of the song. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Viewers Are Over Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten's "Showmance"," 30 Oct. 2018 Facebook faced backlash for censoring videos of police brutality that resulted in on-camera death posted by social-justice groups. Danielle Tomson And, WSJ, "A Better Way to Regulate Social Media," 19 Aug. 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Students told the media and later the ACLU that they were censored. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Shawnee Mission schools take action after ACLU says students' free speech was stifled | The Kansas City Star," 4 May 2018 Conservatives allege they are being unfairly censored. CBS News, "Pro-Trump social media stars Diamond and Silk testify before Congress — live updates," 26 Apr. 2018 Trump has also made claims about Google search results censoring positive news about him that took seconds to refute. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Every sentence of Trump’s tweet accusing Democrats of “collusion” with Russia is a lie," 15 Nov. 2018 These acts of protests appear to be part of greater effort to prevent institutions from censoring women through sexists dress codes that overwhelmingly target women. Amira Rasool, Teen Vogue, "A College Student Ended Her School’s Sexist Sports-Bra Ban With a Brilliant Essay," 13 Nov. 2018 Like O'Rielly's speech, the Free State Foundation didn't point to any specific incidents of municipal ISPs censoring their users' speech. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC Republican claims municipal broadband is threat to First Amendment," 30 Oct. 2018 Recent reports that Google is poised to re-enter China with a search engine generating censored search results to comply with the demands of that country's Communist government were expected to be on the agenda. Fox News, "GOP lawmakers have 'positive' meeting with Google CEO Sundar Pichai," 30 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of censor

Noun

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for censor

Noun

borrowed from Latin cēnsor "Roman magistrate tasked with registering citizens, removing persons from the register whose conduct was found wanting, and leasing public contracts," from cēnsēre "to give as an opinion, assess, appraise, perform the duties of a censor" (going back to an Indo-European verbal base *ḱems- "announce, evaluate publicly," whence Sanskrit śaṁati "declares solemnly, praises," Avestan sənghaitī "announces, names") + -tor, agent suffix

Verb

derivative of censor entry 1

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censor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of censor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who examines books, movies, letters, etc., and removes things that are considered to be offensive, immoral, harmful to society, etc.

censor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of censor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to examine books, movies, letters, etc., in order to remove things that are considered to be offensive, immoral, harmful to society, etc.

censor

noun
cen·​sor | \ˈsen-sər \

Kids Definition of censor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an official who checks writings or movies to take out things considered offensive or immoral

censor

verb
censored; censoring

Kids Definition of censor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to examine (as a book) to take out things considered offensive or immoral

censor

noun
cen·​sor | \ˈsen(t)-sər \

Medical Definition of censor 

: a hypothetical psychic agency that represses unacceptable notions before they reach consciousness

Other Words from censor

censorial \sen-​ˈsōr-​ē-​əl, -​ˈsȯr-​ \ adjective

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cen·​sor

Legal Definition of censor 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to examine (as a publication or film) in order to suppress or delete any contents considered objectionable

censor

noun

Legal Definition of censor (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that censors

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