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

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 The site incurred the wrath of censors because of a video posted on the site in 2014 and recently reposted on news aggregator Jinri Toutiao. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China bans a popular rage comics website for making fun of a communist hero," 18 May 2018 But through its size and some symbological ingenuity, the young, active community has found a way to stay one step ahead of would-be censors. Margaret Andersen, WIRED, "How Feminists in China Are Using Emoji to Avoid Censorship," 30 Mar. 2018 The news media are under the constant watch of censors. Javier C. Hernandez, The Seattle Times, "In Beijing, it’s hard to avoid Xi Jinping’s prolific propaganda," 28 Jan. 2018 Manned by an army of 2 million online censors, the Great Firewall gives outsiders the impression of deathly silence within. Time, "Baidu's Robin Li is Helping China Win the 21st Century," 18 Jan. 2018 But censors were quick to delete anti-American sentiment. The Economist, "In its trade war with America, China dials down the hype," 12 July 2018 China’s leadership not only strictly censors social media, but also employs hundreds of thousands of people to steer online conversation to their liking; the state co-opts political discussion and fabricates posts that extol the Communist Party. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But a proliferation of social-media pages are covering the protests, while more established outlets, like 100% Noticias, a TV news channel, have stopped censoring themselves. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was hauled before Congress earlier this year, he was grilled by Ted Cruz about Diamond & Silk, two conservative vloggers who claim that the tech giant censors them. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "How Conservatives Are Hoodwinking Big Tech," 29 June 2018 Normally, closed caption subtitling bleeps words in a variety of different ways: phrases, such as (bleep), [expletive], or [censored] may be used, though sometimes hyphens or asterisks are substituted instead (f–k, f---, or f*** are all examples. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "I Rely On Closed Captions to Enjoy a Show And I Don't Appreciate Netflix's Way of Censoring Them," 10 July 2018 Writers and artists would be censored at the whim of government. Fox News, "Leonard Leo on why Trump appointed Judge Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 Twitter has also been accused of suppressing political speech by automatically censoring accounts or tweets that receive a high number of complaints. Ryan Suppe, USA TODAY, "Most conservatives think tech companies are politically biased, Pew Research survey finds," 28 June 2018 John Oliver was censored on Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging platform, after airing a segment that critiqued President Xi Jinping’s human rights record and mentioned his passing resemblance to Winnie-the-Pooh. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Parts Unknown’ and the BET Awards," 24 June 2018 Gay content is still routinely censored on mainstream Chinese media. Charlie Campbell / Shanghai, Time, "'We’ll Just Keep on Marching.' Tenth Shanghai Pride Spotlights China's Changing Attitudes Toward Gay Lifestyles," 15 June 2018 So now @RealCandaceO is being censored by @twitter? Hunter Schwarz, CNN, "Donald Trump Jr. has a history of incorrectly suggesting Twitter is censoring or blocking tweets," 9 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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