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Dictionary Definition

censor 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


1 forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper) [syn: ban]
2 subject to political, religious, or moral censorship; "This magazine is censored by the government"

User Contributed Dictionary



From cēnsor 'magistrate, critic'


  1. One who condemns or censors
  2. A Roman census administrator, also a judge of public behavior and morality
  3. An official responsible for the removal of objectionable or sensitive content
  4. A hypothetical subconscious agency which filters unacceptable thought before it reaches the conscious
  5. (acronym) Censors Ensure No Secrets Over Radios



  1. To review in order to remove objectionable content
    The man responsible for censoring films has seen some things in his time.
  2. To remove objectionable content


Related terms



  1. A magistrate; one of two officials sworn to duty taking a census of the Romans.
  2. A provincial magistrate with similar duties.
  3. A critic, especially a severe one of morals and society.



  1. censor; a Roman census administrator
  2. censor; an official responsible for the removal of objectionable or sensitive content

Extensive Definition

Censor may refer to:

See also

  • Sensor, a device or organ that detects or senses a signal or its environment
  • Censure, a formal reprimand
  • Censer, a small metal or stone dish used for burning incense
censor in German: Zensur
censor in Spanish: Censor
censor in Dutch: Censuur
censor in Norwegian: Sensur

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