Comstockery

Comstockery

[kuhm-stok-uh-ree, kom-]
noun
overzealous moral censorship of the fine arts and literature, often mistaking outspokenly honest works for salacious ones.

Origin:
1900–05; after A. Comstock; see -ery

Comstocker, noun
Comstockian, adjective
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comstockery (ˈkʌmˌstɒkərɪ, ˈkɒm-)
 
n
(US) immoderate censorship on grounds of immorality
 
[C20: coined by G. B. Shaw (1905) after Anthony Comstock (1844--1915), US moral crusader, who founded the Society for the Suppression of Vice]

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Comstockery
1905, from Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), founder of New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (1873) and self-appointed crusader against immorality, + -ery. Coined by George Bernard Shaw after Comstock objected to "Mrs. Warren's Profession." "Comstockery is the world's standing
joke at the expense of the United States" [Shaw, "New York Times," Sept. 26, 1905]. The mining sense is from Comstock lode, silver vein in Nevada, discovered 1859 and first worked by U.S. prospector H.T.P. Comstock (1820-1870).
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