verb (used with object)

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

1525–35; < Latin cēnsor, equivalent to cēns(ēre) to give as one's opinion, recommend, assess + -tor -tor; -sor for *-stor by analogy with derivatives from dentals, as tōnsor barber (see tonsorial)
Related formscen·sor·a·ble, adjectivecen·so·ri·al [sen-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /sɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/, cen·so·ri·an, adjectivean·ti·cen·so·ri·al, adjectivenon·cen·sored, adjectiveo·ver·cen·sor, verb (used with object)pre·cen·sor, verb (used with object)re·cen·sor, verb (used with object)un·cen·sor·a·ble, adjectiveun·cen·sored, adjective
Can be confusedcenser censor censure sensor
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Examples from the Web for censorial

Historical Examples of censorial

  • The Basilica called Porcia was a censorial dedication of the old Cato.

  • It may be more advisable to leave such matters to the enlightened discretion of a judge, awed by a censorial House of Commons.

  • Often I pause to wonder at the miracle of my mail passing the censorial eyes.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for censorial



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

verb (tr)

to ban or cut portions of (a publication, film, letter, etc)
to act as a censor of (behaviour, etc)
Derived Formscensorable, adjectivecensorial (sɛnˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for censor

C16: from Latin, from cēnsēre to consider, assess
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

censorial in Medicine




The hypothetical agent in the unconscious mind that is responsible for suppressing unconscious thoughts and wishes.
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