- an official who examines books, plays, news reports, motion pictures, radio and television programs, letters, cablegrams, etc., for the purpose of suppressing parts deemed objectionable on moral, political, military, or other grounds.
- any person who supervises the manners or morality of others.
- an adverse critic; faultfinder.
- (in the ancient Roman republic) either of two officials who kept the register or census of the citizens, awarded public contracts, and supervised manners and morals.
- (in early Freudian dream theory) the force that represses ideas, impulses, and feelings, and prevents them from entering consciousness in their original, undisguised forms.
- 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
Examples from the Web for uncensored
Christopher Bray on a new book that presents the famed director at his uncensored maddening best.Go Fuck Yourself
July 18, 2013
He is the bestselling author of The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation.Hunting Mubarak's Millions
April 18, 2011
But because the power of those clothes to communicate something unvetted and uncensored is irresistible.Michelle Obama's Uncensored Fashion Choices
April 13, 2011
And they ran their first uncensored broadcast on February 18, only one day after the nationwide protests began.Libyan Journalists Join the Revolution
February 28, 2011
It was dramatic and funny and hilarious and uncensored and real and intense.My 10 Favorite Bravo Moments
December 22, 2010
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.Superwomen
Albert Payson Terhune
The author of Uncensored Celebrities is far too modest when he calls his new work a “sketch.”When Winter Comes to Main Street
Grant Martin Overton
At Psamatia I found means to send a private and uncensored letter to my people.The Escaping Club
A. J. Evans
Within the realm of human interaction in the only uncensored medium known, a different political experience is taking shape.
- (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
- to ban or cut portions of (a publication, film, letter, etc)
- to act as a censor of (behaviour, etc)
Word Origin and History for uncensored
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.
- The hypothetical agent in the unconscious mind that is responsible for suppressing unconscious thoughts and wishes.