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 censor (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 censor (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The word dates to ancient Rome, where the censor was a powerful government post with responsibility for conducting the census — and upholding public morality. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 The quiet self-certainty of fellow citizens stifled dissent with a reach and power that a censor’s office could only envy. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 And the Chinese companies that hold the rights to international films in the country often self-censor to appease regulators before general releases. Michelle Toh, Nectar Gan, And Cnn's Beijing Bureau, CNN, 7 Feb. 2022 The move has had a predictable chilling effect on what is left of the country’s independent media, causing journalists to self-censor, sources to clam up, and alternative views of the conflict to be drowned out by official Russian disinformation. Ilan Berman, National Review, 3 Apr. 2022 Novaya Gazeta, one of Russia’s last independent newspapers, closed its doors on Monday after warnings from the state censor. Francine Hirsch, The New Republic, 29 Mar. 2022 All of this is having an effect: Librarians in many places are starting to self-censor. Hannah Natanson, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Mar. 2022 The algorithmic censor in my head kept pinging away. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 23 Mar. 2022 Moreover, Galileo’s extra revisions weren’t read by the Roman censor. Nuno Castel-branco, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Food has run low at times and heavy-handed enforcement and a lack of preparation have prompted heavy criticism, despite government efforts to censor it. Ken Moritsugu, ajc, 29 Apr. 2022 The police have arrested thousands of protesters, and many people self-censor their remarks on Ukraine. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 Educators and some parents argue these bills would censor teachers and students, as well as place restrictions on discussions on racial oppression. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 24 Mar. 2022 York said that the big tech companies censor our speech every day, sometimes by mistake, but always without supervision or transparency. CBS News, 20 Feb. 2022 Saied’s announcement accused the government of trying to censor it by disabling teleconferencing applications. Washington Post, 30 Mar. 2022 Chinese authorities blocked the website of U.S.-China Perception Monitor, where his article first appeared, and tried to censor it on social media. Chris Buckley, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 On Reddit, ‘brigading’ refers to downvoting comments to censor them on the website, spamming the forum with posts and messages or other abusive behaviors towards a particular subreddit community. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2022 The leaders of four European nations called Sunday on Twitter, YouTube parent Alphabet, and Facebook parent Meta to more aggressively censor social media accounts backed by Russia and its wartime supporters, Bloomberg reported. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censor. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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 censor (audio) \ adjective

censor

transitive verb
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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