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


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

Origin of Comstockery

1900–05; after A. Comstock; see -ery

Related forms

Com·stock·er, nounCom·stock·i·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for comstockery


/ (ˈkʌmˌstɒkərɪ, ˈkɒm-) /


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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