verb (used with object)
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
Examples from the Web for censor
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)
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.