Definition of


  1. (noun, person) 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
  2. (noun, person) someone who censures or condemns
  3. (verb, cognition) subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
  4. (verb, social) forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)

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Synonyms of Censor


Origin of the word Censor

  1. 1531, Roman magistrate who took censuses and oversaw public morals, from L. censere "to appraise, value, judge," from PIE base *kens- "speak solemnly, announce." Transferred sense of "officious judge of morals and conduct" is from 1592; of books, plays, later films, etc., 1644. The verb is from 1882. more

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