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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Why would a major record company censor its own artist? Tim Ingham, Rolling Stone, 3 Sep. 2021 The move followed a crackdown by the Russian censor on tweets that helped mobilize opposition demonstrations, amid mass protests following Navalny’s imprisonment in February. NBC News, 18 Sep. 2021 Apple, however, forwarded an Aug. 16 email from Roskomnadzor to a Navalny aide, urging him to contact the censor to resolve the matter, according to a copy of the communication obtained by The Washington Post. Arkansas Online, 3 Sep. 2021 Through decrees, intimidation and physical assaults, newsrooms have lost staffers, had their voices subdued or been forced to self-censor. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 Demi and Kenny smash their black censor boxes against each other and the first rumblings of chaos strike the beach. Ali Barthwell, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 The stake was acquired by WangTouZhongWen (Beijing) Technology, which is owned by three Chinese government entities, including a fund backed by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s top internet censor, according to Reuters. Rebecca Davis, Variety, 17 Aug. 2021 News outlets in China are strictly controlled by the government, and social media platforms like Weibo censor sensitive subjects. New York Times, 25 Aug. 2021 Incredibly, some Democrats in the Senate have doubled down on the White House’s censorship push by introducing legislation that threatens liability for Big Tech companies that do not — in their view — adequately censor Americans’ speech. Bill Hagerty, National Review, 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats want to address the spread of misinformation and the amplification of harmful political rhetoric, while Republicans argue that Facebook, Google, Twitter and other social media platforms censor conservative views. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2021 As a part of my work for the station, there was an arrangement not to censor or pressure me in any way, to not attempt to change or steer my opinions, or hinder or punish me on any issue, whether that commentary was in print or on the air. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Oct. 2021 With a logo that resembled Pepe the Frog and a promise to never censor, Gab’s allegiances were clear, though Torba later would criticize Donald Trump from the right. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 23 Aug. 2021 According to the Wall Street Journal, Xi’s family values push has also been coupled with efforts to censor voices speaking about women’s rights online. Siladitya Ray, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Steven Guilbeault, the Canadian minister in charge of cultural policy, said the government has no intention to censor or regulate individuals who upload content to social-media platforms. Paul Vieira, WSJ, 26 May 2021 This would place severe limits on the companies’ ability to censor or moderate any content posted by users. BostonGlobe.com, 26 May 2021 China’s previous attempts to censor cryptocurrency trading had the same effect on the market, sending bitcoin and all the other coins on a downward spiral. Chris Smith, BGR, 19 May 2021 There is an intentional effort to censor what is happening on the ground. Essence, 14 May 2021

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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 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 censor (audio) \ adjective

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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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