Government censors deleted all references to the protest. Verb
The station censored her speech before broadcasting it.
His report was heavily censored.
Recent Examples on the Web
Creative types had provocative stories to tell, rousing the wrath of censors—even as congressional committees investigated the presence of Communists in the business.—Tom Nolan, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2023 In Europe, some governments have moved to either ban outright pro-Palestinian protests or censor imagery linked to the Palestinian cause, including the Palestinian flag.—Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 China bans foreign social media platforms and censors comments deemed marginally sensitive by the Chinese Communist Party.—Chris Lau, CNN, 19 Oct. 2023 This episode and many more were absent from the 1967 Soviet edition of Kuznetsov’s chronicle, which was mutilated by Soviet censors.—Anatoly Kuznetsov, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 The drive to challenge, ban or censor books has not only changed the lives of librarians across the nation.—Nicole A. Cooke, The Conversation, 20 July 2023 But Israel’s military and civilian authorities, watched over by military censors, are issuing sentences — not pages — of information about what exactly is happening.—Ilan Ben Zion, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2023 The publisher’s critics said Scholastic was kowtowing to censors.—Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 In addition, censors scrub the Chinese Internet of critical and non-official content about Uyghur labor.—Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023
Those images were barely censored before being shown to American audiences, and prompted outrage at home.—Natasha Frost Maud Bodoukian Meyrant, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2023 The Japanese media—which U.S. officials influenced and censored after the war’s end—along with Tokyo trial defendants, spun the story of a helpless figurehead forced into war by aggressive military leaders.—Foreign Affairs, 20 Oct. 2023 Living as an artist and a filmmaker in Malaysia, we are all used to having our work and voice censored.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 19 Oct. 2023 But many others have gone into effect, such as laws that censor school curricula and ban transgender youth from playing on the sports teams that align with their identity.—Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 In veterinary records reviewed by WIRED, Davis has consistently censored the names of all of its staff, including those at director level.—Dell Cameron, WIRED, 4 Oct. 2023 Some of the content could get censored if the country or foreign market doesn’t want a kiss in it.—Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Nov. 2023 Instagram and other social media apps have come under some scrutiny over concerns that pro-Palestinian voices have been censored or suppressed.—Jason Abbruzzese, NBC News, 3 Nov. 2023 Ron DeSantis’s signature Stop WOKE Act was passed in 2022, gagging teachers and scholars and censoring discussion of race and gender.—Samuel Clowes Huneke, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2023 See More
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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