verb (used with object)
Origin of censor
Examples from the Web for censorial
Historical Examples of 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
Word Origin for censor
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.