verb (used with object)
Origin of censor
Examples from the Web for 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’|William Boot|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, was it possible that Russian authorities could censor the Internet and make Meduza inaccessible for Russian readers?
The attempts to censor news in Mainland China about the protests backfired.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies|Brendon Hong|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Activists still have to reach the site on their own, escaping efforts to censor or monitor the internet in their home countries.
As the editor of a Bombay magazine during the Emergency, Mehta was a target of the censor.
Returning to Valladolid, he acted as censor (cualificador) of books (including versions of the Bible) for the Inquisition.
The censor can decapitate ideas which but for him might have lived forever.Pieces of Hate|Heywood Broun
Under Speaker Carlisle, this power to censor proposals was made conspicuous through the factional war in the Democratic party.The Cleveland Era|Henry Jones Ford
The censor produced the incriminated passage, and Kriloff was made to read it aloud.The English in the West Indies|James Anthony Froude
The Englishman, writing to his American friend, never descends from his lofty position of censor both of great and petty morals.James Fenimore Cooper|Thomas R. Lounsbury
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.