- an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.
- any person who supervises the manners or morality of others.
- an adverse critic; faultfinder.
- (in the ancient Roman republic) either of two officials who kept the register or census of the citizens, awarded public contracts, and supervised manners and morals.
- (in early Freudian dream theory) the force that represses ideas, impulses, and feelings, and prevents them from entering consciousness in their original, undisguised forms.
- to examine and act upon as a censor.
- to delete (a word or passage of text) in one's capacity as a censor.
Origin of censor
Related Words for censorblacklist, excise, edit, suppress, withhold, restrict, sanitize, abridge, delete, control, examine, cut, review, repress, sterilize, restrain, expurgate, inspect, launder, cork
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Contemporary Examples of censor
The studio seemed to be satisfied with the results—although still opted to censor the death sequence in many foreign territories.Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’
December 17, 2014
Still, was it possible that Russian authorities could censor the Internet and make Meduza inaccessible for Russian readers?Russia’s Freest Website Now Lives in Latvia
November 29, 2014
The attempts to censor news in Mainland China about the protests backfired.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies
October 23, 2014
Activists still have to reach the site on their own, escaping efforts to censor or monitor the internet in their home countries.New Web Platform Crowdsources Human Rights
July 10, 2014
As the editor of a Bombay magazine during the Emergency, Mehta was a target of the censor.Hold Onto Your Penis
David Frum, Justin Green
November 29, 2012
Historical Examples of censor
This would doubtless hardly be tolerated by the "censor" today.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
There would seem to be no limit to the influence of the Censor.
Several bridges were also erected, and Cato the Censor is said to have built a basilica.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
Jeff put out his hands for the sheets and the censor gave them up willingly.The Prisoner
They was after it too,—they an' the Sundyes; but the Censor did 'em.The Foundations (Fourth Series Plays)
- a person authorized to examine publications, theatrical presentations, films, letters, etc, in order to suppress in whole or part those considered obscene, politically unacceptable, etc
- any person who controls or suppresses the behaviour of others, usually on moral grounds
- (in republican Rome) either of two senior magistrates elected to keep the list of citizens up to date, control aspects of public finance, and supervise public morals
- psychoanal the postulated factor responsible for regulating the translation of ideas and desires from the unconscious to the conscious mindSee also superego
- to ban or cut portions of (a publication, film, letter, etc)
- to act as a censor of (behaviour, etc)
Word Origin for censor
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.
- The hypothetical agent in the unconscious mind that is responsible for suppressing unconscious thoughts and wishes.