censorship

noun

cen·​sor·​ship ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship How to pronounce censorship (audio)
1
a
: the institution, system, or practice of censoring
They oppose government censorship.
b
: the actions or practices of censors
especially : censorial control exercised repressively
censorship that has … permitted a very limited dispersion of facts Philip Wylie
2
: the office, power, or term of a Roman censor
3
: exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor

Examples of censorship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Others in the arts community didn’t see it as censorship. Amanda Rosa, Miami Herald, 8 July 2024 There is government censorship in Iran, but there is also a thriving underground filmmaking community. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 July 2024 Some are concerned that key leaders at cultural institutions will be replaced with right-leaning figures, as Giorgia Meloni ’s government has done, and that institutions will face funding cuts and censorship. The Editors Of Artnews, ARTnews.com, 27 June 2024 Both, however, have sparred on issues regarding censorship. John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for censorship 

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Word History

Etymology

censor entry 1 + -ship

First Known Use

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of censorship was circa 1591

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Cite this Entry

“Censorship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/censorship. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

censorship

noun
cen·​sor·​ship ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship How to pronounce censorship (audio)
: the system or practice of censoring

Medical Definition

censorship

noun
cen·​sor·​ship ˈsen(t)-sər-ˌship How to pronounce censorship (audio)
: exclusion from consciousness by the psychic censor

Legal Definition

censorship

noun
cen·​sor·​ship
: the institution, system, or practice of censoring compare freedom of speech, prior restraint
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