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 uncensored

Contemporary Examples of uncensored

  • Christopher Bray on a new book that presents the famed director at his uncensored maddening best.

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    Christopher Bray

    July 18, 2013

  • He is the bestselling author of The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation.

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    Hunting Mubarak's Millions

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    April 18, 2011

  • But because the power of those clothes to communicate something unvetted and uncensored is irresistible.

  • And they ran their first uncensored broadcast on February 18, only one day after the nationwide protests began.

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    Libyan Journalists Join the Revolution

    Babak Dehghanpisheh

    February 28, 2011

  • It was dramatic and funny and hilarious and uncensored and real and intense.

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    December 22, 2010

Historical Examples of uncensored

  • The Internet is the one and only uncensored place left on the earth.

  • This is the story of Argive Helen, not an uncensored bulletin from the trenches.


    Albert Payson Terhune

  • The author of Uncensored Celebrities is far too modest when he calls his new work a “sketch.”

  • At Psamatia I found means to send a private and uncensored letter to my people.

  • Within the realm of human interaction in the only uncensored medium known, a different political experience is taking shape.

British Dictionary definitions for uncensored



(of a publication, film, letter, etc) not having been banned or edited



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for uncensored

1890, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of censor (v.).



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

uncensored in Medicine




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