Often I pause to wonder at the miracle of my mail passing the censorial eyes.
They are accused of disgusting affectation, of pretending to youth, to censorial importance, and to an exquisite sensibility.
The book had, therefore, undergone a censorial revision, which enhances the authenticity of the final narrative.
A work of jurisprudence is either expository of what the law is, or censorial, showing what it should be.
The Basilica called Porcia was a censorial dedication of the old Cato.
But, to tell you the plain truth, I am of opinion that my censorial power will not be useless to you, nor a sinecure to me.
This is rather too much for even the inflexible gravity of our censorial muscles.
As a censorial act, and punishment of an abuse, it might answer some purpose.
This is probably to the censorial mind nothing but the base compromise and sophistry of "moderate drinking."
It may be more advisable to leave such matters to the enlightened discretion of a judge, awed by a censorial House of Commons.
1530s, "Roman magistrate who took censuses and oversaw public morals," from Middle French censor and directly from Latin censor, from censere "to appraise, value, judge," from PIE root *kens- "speak solemnly, announce" (cf. Sanskrit śamsati "recites, praises," śasa "song of praise").
There were two of them at a time in classical times, usually patricians, and they also had charge of public finances and public works. Transferred sense of "officious judge of morals and conduct" in English is from 1590s. Roman censor also had a transferred sense of "a severe judge; a rigid moralist; a censurer." Of books, plays (later films, etc.), 1640s. By the early decades of the 19c. the meaning of the English word had shaded into "state agent charged with suppression of speech or published matter deemed politically subversive." Related: Censorial.
1833 of media, from censor (n.). Related: Censored; censoring.
censor cen·sor (sěn'sər)
The hypothetical agent in the unconscious mind that is responsible for suppressing unconscious thoughts and wishes.