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

So far, by relying on alternative cloud services and urging its users to try VPNs, Telegram has mostly stayed ahead of its censors. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 How many times did their censors have to give us dead air time because somebody was swearing? Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "TML: USGA made its golf course the story, not its U.S. Open winner," 18 June 2018 Here is an update on that story with help from our new censors. refinery29.com, "Here's Why Samantha Bee's Apology Matters," 7 June 2018 But this tragedy to some degree reflects a new and different kind of anguish, with a world in which faceless and opaque algorithms replace more familiar physical world institutions and bosses, not just as our censors but as our paths to opportunity. Arun Sundararajan, Time, "The YouTube Shooting Reflects a Growing Anger in the Digital Workforce," 5 Apr. 2018 The hashtag got about 5 million clicks before government censors cracked down on it. NBC News, "Chinese feminists push #MeToo movement amid censorship," 3 May 2018 In an ironic twist of fate, Swe’s father, Brigadier General Thein Swe, who served as a senior military intelligence officer, was also a government censor. Alice Driver, Longreads, "No Journalist Should Have to Know How to Survive in Prison," 3 May 2018 But on Thursday, government censors had blocked out portions of six sentences to cover up the nationality of the Israeli spy. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "In latest JFK files, some tantalizing nuggets — and stuff that makes you go 'huh?' | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018 Clarence Doetsch’s letter to Eugene Doetsch, dated Nov. 24, 1918, was intercepted by censors. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Tumblr says that its automated tools are getting smarter over time, so even if this cute photo of a dog is censored for now, eventually the tools should learn better. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Tumblr porn vanishes today," 17 Dec. 2018 According to The Intercept, examples that will be censored include British broadcaster BBC and Wikipedia. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Google employees quit over controversial China search engine project, report says," 13 Sep. 2018 Chinese authorities have blocked HBO in China, and even Oliver’s name and the name of his show have been censored on Sina Weibo. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "John Oliver Mocked President Xi Jinping. Now His Show—And All of HBO—Are Blocked In China," 25 June 2018 The pair,who go by Diamond and Silk on social media, claim they are being censored by Facebook for promoting the president and his agenda. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Diamond and Silk demand sit down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg," 8 May 2018 Meanwhile, the director, Si Xiaodong, was performing a stunt of his own: directing a film that Chinese audiences would watch, and that Chinese authorities wouldn't censor. Jonathan Kaiman, latimes.com, "China’s largest movie studio is vast, and so is its audience. But filmmakers have to toe the party line," 9 Apr. 2018 Twitter and Facebook are scrambling to assuage conservative leaders who have sounded alarms - and sought to rile voters - with accusations that the country's tech giants are censoring right-leaning posts, tweets and news. Tony Romm, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Facebook and Twitter's secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders," 27 June 2018 Acid said in a Twitter posting Tuesday that it will not be censored and cited free expression rights. Washington Post, "Developer defends school-shooting game as victims complain," 14 June 2018 Some of those groups have complained that conservative viewpoints were being censored by tech platforms. Naomi Nix, Bloomberg.com, "Microsoft Lobbyist Leaving for Role at Google, Sources Say," 10 May 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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