- 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
Examples from the Web for censorial
The Basilica called Porcia was a censorial dedication of the old Cato.Plutarch's Lives Volume III.
It may be more advisable to leave such matters to the enlightened discretion of a judge, awed by a censorial House of Commons.Thoughts on the Present Discontents
Often I pause to wonder at the miracle of my mail passing the censorial eyes.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
This is probably to the censorial mind nothing but the base compromise and sophistry of "moderate drinking."From the Easy Chair, series 2
George William Curtis
They are accused of disgusting affectation, of pretending to youth, to censorial importance, and to an exquisite sensibility.The Young Maiden
A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
- 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 and History for censorial
1833 of media, from censor (n.). Related: Censored; censoring.
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.
- The hypothetical agent in the unconscious mind that is responsible for suppressing unconscious thoughts and wishes.