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cen•sor /ˈsɛnsɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. Governmentan official who examines books, television programs, etc., for the purpose of removing or changing parts judged to be immoral, undesirable, or for other reasons:The military censors kept us from reporting where these missiles hit.

v. [+ object]
  1. to examine and change or remove (parts of a book, etc.) as a censor does:censored our reports from Saudi Arabia.
cen•so•ri•al /sɛnˈsɔriəl, -ˈsoʊr-/USA pronunciation  adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
cen•sor  (sensər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmentan 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.
  2. any person who supervises the manners or morality of others.
  3. an adverse critic; faultfinder.
  4. Ancient History(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.
  5. (in early Freudian dream theory) the force that represses ideas, impulses, and feelings, and prevents them from entering consciousness in their original, undisguised forms.

v.t. 
  1. to examine and act upon as a censor.
  2. to delete (a word or passage of text) in one's capacity as a censor.
censor•a•ble, adj. 
cen•so•ri•al  (sen sôrē əl, -sōr-),USA pronunciation  cen•sori•an, adj. 
  • 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)
  • 1525–35


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

censor /ˈsɛnsə/ n
  1. 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
  2. any person who controls or suppresses the behaviour of others, usually on moral grounds
  3. (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
  4. the postulated factor responsible for regulating the translation of ideas and desires from the unconscious to the conscious mind
vb (transitive)
  1. to ban or cut portions of (a publication, film, letter, etc)
  2. to act as a censor of (behaviour, etc)
Etymology: 16th Century: from Latin, from cēnsēre to consider, assess

censorial /sɛnˈsɔːrɪəl/ adj



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