Comstockery

[ kuhm-stok-uh-ree, kom- ]

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

Origin of Comstockery

1
First recorded in 1895–1900; after A. Comstock + -ery

Other words from Comstockery

  • Comstocker, noun
  • Com·stock·i·an, adjective

Words Nearby Comstockery

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British Dictionary definitions for comstockery

comstockery

/ (ˈkʌmˌstɒkərɪ, ˈkɒm-) /


noun
  1. US immoderate censorship on grounds of immorality

Origin of comstockery

1
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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