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censor

noun cen·sor \ ˈsen(t)-sər \
Updated on: 8 Apr 2018
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

censorial

play \sen-ˈsȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

Examples of censor in a Sentence

  1. Government censors deleted all references to the protest.

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Origin and Etymology of censor

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

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censor

verb
censored; censoring play \ˈsen(t)-sə-riŋ, ˈsen(t)s-riŋ\
: to examine in order to suppress (see suppress 2) or delete anything considered objectionable
  • censor the news
; also : to suppress or delete as objectionable
  • censor out indecent passages

Examples of censor in a Sentence

  1. The station censored her speech before broadcasting it.

  2. His report was heavily censored.

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Origin and Etymology of censor

derivative of 1censor

CENSOR Defined for English Language Learners

censor

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


censor

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


CENSOR Defined for Kids

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censor

noun cen·sor \ ˈsen-sər \
: an official who checks writings or movies to take out things considered offensive or immoral

2

censor

verb
censored; censoring
: to examine (as a book) to take out things considered offensive or immoral

Medical Dictionary

censor

noun cen·sor \ ˈsen(t)-sər \
: a hypothetical psychic agency that represses unacceptable notions before they reach consciousness

censorial

play \sen-ˈsōr-ē-əl, -ˈsȯr-\ adjective

Law Dictionary

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censor

transitive verb cen·sor
: to examine (as a publication or film) in order to suppress or delete any contents considered objectionable

2

censor

noun
: one that censors


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