Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person authorized to examine books, films, or other material and to remove or suppress what is considered morally, politically, or otherwise objectionable.
  • n. An official, as in the armed forces, who examines personal mail and official dispatches to remove information considered secret or a risk to security.
  • n. One that condemns or censures.
  • n. One of two officials in ancient Rome responsible for taking the public census and supervising public behavior and morals.
  • n. Psychology The agent in the unconscious that is responsible for censorship.
  • transitive v. To examine and expurgate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A Roman magistrate, originally a census administrator, by Classical times a high judge of public behavior and morality
  • n. An official responsible for the removal of objectionable or sensitive content
  • n. One who censures or condemns
  • n. A hypothetical subconscious agency which filters unacceptable thought before it reaches the conscious
  • n. Censors Ensure No Secrets Over Radios
  • v. To review in order to remove objectionable content from correspondence or public media, either by legal criteria or with discretionary powers
  • v. To remove objectionable content

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of two magistrates of Rome who took a register of the number and property of citizens, and who also exercised the office of inspector of morals and conduct.
  • n. One who is empowered to examine manuscripts before they are committed to the press, and to forbid their publication if they contain anything obnoxious; -- an official in some European countries.
  • n. One given to fault-finding; a censurer.
  • n. A critic; a reviewer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of two superior magistrates of ancient Rome, who in the latter half of the fifth century b. c. succeeded to certain powers which had before been exercised by the consuls.
  • n. An officer empowered to examine manuscripts, books, pamphlets, plays, etc., intended for publication or public performance, in order to see that they contain nothing heretical, immoral, or subversive of the established order of government. See censorship. Formerly called licenser.
  • n. One who censures, blames, or reproves; one addicted to censure or faultfinding; one who assumes the functions of a critic.
  • n. In old universities, the title of certain masters chosen by the nations to visit the colleges and reform the administration, discipline, and instruction.
  • n. In the university of Cambridge, a college officer whose duties are similar to those of dean; at Christ Church, Oxford, one of two fellows having similar functions, called senior and junior censor.
  • n. In China, one of a body of officials stationed at Peking, under the presidency of a Chinese and a Manchu, who are charged with the duty of inspecting the affairs of the empire, and, if need be, of censuring any of the officials, and even the emperor himself, for any act which they consider illegal, extravagant, or unjust. They are called the “eyes and ears” of the emperor.
  • To subject to the examination, revision, or expurgation of a censor: as, to censor a book, periodical, play, or the like; especially (military), to subject (press despatches, etc.) to scrutiny with a view to suppressing information which, if made public, might embarrass military operations.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
  • n. a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
  • v. forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
  • n. someone who censures or condemns

Etymologies

Latin cēnsor, Roman censor, from cēnsēre, to assess; see kens- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin cēnsor, from censere ("to tax, assess, value, judge, consider, etc."). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • America is supposed to be free. u guyz saying…’censor it!’ and ‘ remove it!’ r wrong whoever posted this had a right to and whoever did, i strongly reccomend that u do not censor this pic. its okay if some of u think racism and stereotypes is a big deal, but think about the more important issues!

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  • The title censor was given to magistrates in ancient Rome who supervised public morals and drew up the register, or census, of citizens.

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  • It was remarked which these final scenes with Enobarbus raise Antony's impression in a minds, given his mostly cynical, witty, unsparing censor is so despairing during withdrawal his master.

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  • Obivously, by the mere actions of ABC and the other lib media, the censorship of anything healthcare will lead to something being signed .... what they cannot prevent or censor is the draining of your paycheck through taxation ...

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  • Synopsis: An Elizabethan-era censor is visited by a man from the future looking to preserve a seditious play lost to time.

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  • In his Persecution and the Art of Writing, which I am assuming Professor Weinberger knows almost by heart, Leo Strauss made the surprisingly unesoteric observation that the best way to avoid the wrath of the censor is to present an apparently balanced debate in which the views of the side disliked by the censor are given a "straight" denunciation.

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  • If I were going to come up with a metaphor for the Islamic Republic, I would use the blind censor, but the blind censor is already there.

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  • The censor is a very determined censor, and official secrets are exceedingly well kept, but we cannot stay two and a half years in London without learning something.

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  • I am looking for something like this, only I would like to use it to automatically provide a mouse-over on abbreviations, by writing these in the word censor system.

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  • Word censor does not censor words cuddled with punctuation e.g. Imagine I have set 'apples' to be replaced with 'oranges' in my word censor:

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