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[sen-ser-ship] /ˈsɛn sərˌʃɪp/
the act or practice of censoring.
the office or power of a censor.
the time during which a censor holds office.
the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor.
Origin of censorship
First recorded in 1585-95; censor + -ship
Related forms
anticensorship, adjective
precensorship, noun
procensorship, adjective
self-censorship, noun Unabridged
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  • Leo Tolstoi voiced his sentiments in a letter which could not be published on account of the censorship.

  • The discovery of a new spot on the sun is evidently a case for the censorship.

    Napoleon the Little Victor Hugo
  • In short, the censorship did what it always does: it left the poison on the table and carefully locked up the antidote.

    Three Plays by Brieux Eugne Brieux
  • Under the Restoration the censorship was not less severe than under Napoleon.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2 Henry Sutherland Edwards
  • I went on as if unconscious of the censorship, the boys exerting themselves all the more eagerly for the sake of the ‘gallery.’

British Dictionary definitions for censorship


a policy or programme of censoring
the act or system of censoring
(psychoanal) the activity of the mind in regulating impulses, etc, from the unconscious so that they are modified before reaching the conscious mind
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Word Origin and History for censorship

1590s, "office of a censor," from censor (n.) + -ship. Meaning "action of censoring" is from 1824.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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