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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Censor'

Censor Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    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 v
  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"
Censor Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Censor \Cen"sor\, n. [L. censor, fr. censere to value, tax.]
  1. (Antiq.) 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.
  2. 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.
  3. One given to fault-finding; a censurer. Nor can the most circumspect attention, or steady rectitude, escape blame from censors who have no inclination to approve. --Rambler.
  4. A critic; a reviewer. Received with caution by the censors of the press. --W. Irving.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Censor'

Censorship is when certain facts changed or left out on purpose. It is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the government or media organizations as determined by a censor. This can be done for different reasons. Most often things are censored for one or more of the following reasons:

A censor is a person whose job is to look at all types of media and remove material. There are many reasons to censor something, like protecting military secrets, stopping immoral or anti-religious works, or keeping political power. Censorship is almost always used as an insult, and there is much debate over what censorship is and when it is okay.

When there is freedom of speech and freedom of the press, most information can published. However, even in developed countries with much freedom of the press, there are some things that cannot be published. For example, journalists are usually not allowed to publish many secrets about the military, like where troops will be sent on a mission. Pornography is censored in some countries because it is seen as not moral. For these reasons, the government might arrest anyone who publishes it.

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'Censor' in famous quotation sentence

* Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. - A. Whitney Griswold

* Once you permit those who are convinced of their own superior rightness to censor and silence and suppress those who hold contrary opinions, just at that moment the citadel has been surrendered. For the American citadel is a man. Not man in general. Not man in the abstract. Not the majority of men. But man. That man. His worth. His uniqueness. - Archibald MacLeish

* Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is wisdom. The surest path to wisdom is a liberal education. - Alfred Whitney

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Censor Sample Sentences in News

  • Censor trouble in Kannada Films
    Certification of films by the Regional Censor Board (RCB) in Bangalore has come to a standstill because there are not enough members to watch the films. Read more on this news related to 'Censor'
  • Website told to censor album covers
    Google tells the music website Drowned in Sound to censor album covers deemed "sexually explicit". Read more on this news related to 'Censor'
  • Google 'should not censor history'
    Google must not be left to "censor history" if a European Court ruling allowing people to have links removed from the search engine's index stands, the founder of Wikipedia said today. Read more on this news related to 'Censor'

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