censor

noun
cen·​sor | \ ˈsen(t)-sər How to pronounce censor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce censoring (audio) , 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 How to pronounce censorial (audio) \ 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

GIF Log in with or sign up with Disqus or pick a name Disqus is a discussion network Disqus never moderates or censors. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Are violent video games connected to mass shootings?," 6 Aug. 2019 GIF Log in with or sign up with Disqus or pick a name Disqus is a discussion network Disqus never moderates or censors. Patrick Perron, The Mercury News, "Video: Toddler injured at Atlanta airport after ride on baggage conveyor belt," 25 July 2019 The censors are now telling the truth [about why the film was censored]. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "Chinese Industry On Edge After "Depressing" Censorship of Shanghai Festival's Opening Film," 15 June 2019 Meanwhile, for China’s biggest media firms, hiring and training censors (or outsourcing the work) to make sure what’s circulating meets rules set by the government is a normal part of operations. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The answer to the unanswered question in the Fox-CCTV trade war debate," 30 May 2019 New Zealand has laws against holding or distributing material deemed objectionable by the censor. Charlotte Graham-mclay, BostonGlobe.com, "New Zealand man gets 21 months for sharing video of Christchurch attacks," 18 June 2019 This production casts a live performer (Selina Woolery Smith) as the corpse, rather than use a stage dummy as was dictated by the early British censor. F. Kathleen Foley, latimes.com, "Review: Joe Orton’s ‘Loot’ cuts with softened edges at the Odyssey," 14 June 2019 Some on the mainland were able to circumvent censors by posting inverted or distorted images of the protests. Keith Bradsher, BostonGlobe.com, "China backs Hong Kong’s leader despite huge protests," 17 June 2019 The Samoan government banned the acclaimed Elton John film from screening in the South Pacific island country, according to Samoa’s principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Rocketman banned in Samoa over depictions of homosexuality," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The list of invitees appears dominated by social media users who, like the Twitter-deploying president, claim conservative views are being censored by websites like Twitter, Google and Facebook. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "Trump's social media summit is stacked with conservative voices. Here's who was invited," 11 July 2019 Reuters On China’s severely censored internet these days, there are few opportunities for internet users to freely express themselves and have some fun without the fear of repercussions. Jane Li, Quartz, "After he was doused with water, Baidu’s CEO is the butt of China’s internet jokes," 4 July 2019 Playwright Robert Quillen Camp uses two poles for navigation: Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, and Anna Akhmatova, a 20th century Russian poet censored by Stalinist authorities. oregonlive.com, "‘Our Ruined House’ mixes surrealism, humor to explore erosion of trust," 1 July 2019 Trump also accused Twitter of limiting the reach of his tweets and censoring other conservative users, a charge the tech giant has long denied. Anchorage Daily News, "Pro-Trump message board ‘quarantined’ by Reddit following violent threats," 26 June 2019 But images of his defiance became a symbol of protest against the powerful around the world—except in China, where they have been censored and banished from public memory. Charles Hutzler And Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China’s Effort to Erase the June 4th Protests from History," 31 May 2019 Zuckerberg defended the decision against removing the video, which falsely depicted Pelosi slurring her speech, by saying Facebook shouldn't censor everything that is false. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Anti-Defamation League Head Blasts Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Over Online Extremism," 15 July 2019 For Trump, the conference represented his highest profile broadside yet against Silicon Valley after months of accusations that tech giants censor conservative users and websites. Tony Romm, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump accuses social media companies of ‘terrible bias’ at White House summit decried by critics," 11 July 2019 Some of these individuals have claimed, often without real evidence, that companies like Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR) harbor bias against conservatives and censor their speech. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Facebook and Twitter not invited to White House social media summit, sources say," 7 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce censor (audio) \

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 How to pronounce censor (audio) \

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-​ How to pronounce censorial (audio) \ 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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