Comstockery

[ kuhm-stok-uh-ree, kom- ]
/ ˈkʌm stɒk ə ri, ˈkɒm- /

noun

overzealous moral censorship of the fine arts and literature, often mistaking outspokenly honest works for salacious ones.

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Origin of Comstockery

First recorded in1895–1900; after A. Comstock + -ery

OTHER WORDS FROM Comstockery

Comstocker, nounCom·stock·i·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Comstockery

comstockery
/ (ˈkʌmˌstɒkərɪ, ˈkɒm-) /

noun

US immoderate censorship on grounds of immorality

Word Origin for comstockery

C20: coined by G. B. Shaw (1905) after Anthony Comstock (1844–1915), US moral crusader, who founded the Society for the Suppression of Vice
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