: suppressed, altered, or deleted as objectionable : subjected to censorship
… the annual announcement of the list of censored stories is a genuine media event …William Powers
… during the nineteenth century intellectuals would meet to read a variety of foreign newspapers, searching for information withheld from the heavily censored press.Michael Balter

Examples of censored in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The censored ending in China cut the film to black before the citywide destruction. Zack Sharf, Variety, 30 Oct. 2023 Freedom House, a pro-democracy nonprofit, assesses that Saudi Arabia maintains one of the world’s most restrictive and censored internet systems, only marginally better than Russia. Justin Ling, WIRED, 11 Oct. 2023 Liu Haiming, a professor of journalism at Chongqing University who studies online opinion, said the commentary was a reflection of the inability to talk about Chinese politics on the censored internet and an enduring fascination with the unorthodox 45th president. Lyric Li, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2023 By automatically posting censored material online and observing the response, researchers could have exposed people to unwarranted government investigations in authoritarian countries. J. Nathan Matias, WIRED, 26 Mar. 2023 The availability of a wide range of data is crucial to developing technology like ChatGPT, and that is increasingly harder to come by in a censored online environment. Li Yuan, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2023 And China already has widespread access to its own, very censored, version of the internet. Wes Siler, Outside Online, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'censored.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of censored was in 1882

Dictionary Entries Near censored

Cite this Entry

“Censored.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censored. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!