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 Chinese censors might keep news of such a speech from parents and youngsters back home. The Economist, "Few things worry China’s elite more than getting their kids into Harvard," 11 July 2019 In recent days, censors have also been working assiduously to erase content of the Hong Kong rallies, or anything that evokes their spirit. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "The ‘Great Firewall’: China censors videos, social media posts of Hong Kong protests," 18 June 2019 While censors were quick to remove posts on WeChat Moments, similar to a Facebook feed, some made it through the filter. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Tiananmen Anniversary Draws Silence in Beijing but Emotion in Hong Kong," 4 June 2019 With stocks slumping and the currency dropping 9 percent against the dollar since mid-April, censors have been deleting a torrent of criticism online, some of it directed at President Xi Jinping’s leadership. Steven Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s trade spat is rattling China’s leaders and economy," 14 Aug. 2018 The stakes grew after the deadly massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, where some users uploaded videos of the attacks in ways that evaded tech companies’ censors. Washington Post, "Facebook unveils charter for its ‘Supreme Court,’ where users can go to contest the company’s decisions," 17 Sep. 2019 And the assault late last year was seen as an attempt to cow, censor and punish an artist whose most recent single had been claimed as an anthem by Mr. Mnangagwa’s opponents. New York Times, "A Music Genre Grows in Zimbabwe, Fueled by Rage Against Authority," 7 Sep. 2019 The use of Perspective and other similar technologies could thus be mistakenly used to police and censor legitimate LGBTQ speech on online platforms. Dennys Antonialli, WIRED, "Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?," 25 July 2019 Why do leftists always seem to escape big techs censors? Fox News, "Will Mueller get his presidential interview?," 8 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After all, the sheer prospect of having to defend a lawsuit — even a frivolous one — has the potential of causing folks to censor themselves. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Could the Bizarre Legal Fight Over HBO's Michael Jackson Doc Wind Up at the Supreme Court?," 30 Aug. 2019 In spite of progressive advances in children’s literature, LGBTQ voices are being censored. David Canfield, EW.com, "LGBTQ books are being censored in middle schools. Authors are speaking out.," 19 Aug. 2019 But news of the protest has been heavily censored in mainland China, with any mention of the mass movement wiped off the Chinese internet. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s protesters put AirDrop to ingenious use to breach China’s Firewall," 8 July 2019 House Judiciary Committee Republicans brought Diamond and Silk, two famous black women Trump supporters, to Capitol Hill for a hearing in April on social media platforms censoring conservatives. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Rudy Giuliani’s bizarre Twitter conspiracy theory, explained," 5 Dec. 2018 Finland began his career in the 1950s by submitting illustrations to American magazines, at a time when male nudity was censored in the U.S. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "The Hypersexual and Controversial Art of a Gay Icon," 22 Feb. 2018 Bush expanded on his father’s legacy, not only censoring climate scientists and skirting the topic in public, but hiring fossil fuel cronies to shape policy decisions across his administrations. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "The Blood-Dimmed Tide," 16 Sep. 2019 Fox, the network that was broadcasting the show, censored the comment. Diana Pearl, PEOPLE.com, "12 Truly Outrageous Moments from Emmy Awards Past," 16 Sep. 2019 For television news executives, censoring curse words is typically a no-brainer. BostonGlobe.com, "ABC tells Democrats to keep their language clean tonight (ahem. . . Beto) - The Boston Globe," 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of censor was in 1526

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censor

noun
How to pronounce censor (audio)

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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