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censorship

[sen-ser-ship] /ˈsɛn sərˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the act or practice of censoring.
2.
the office or power of a censor.
3.
the time during which a censor holds office.
4.
the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; censor + -ship
Related forms
anticensorship, adjective
precensorship, noun
procensorship, adjective
self-censorship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for censor-ship

censorship

/ˈsɛnsəˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
a policy or programme of censoring
2.
the act or system of censoring
3.
(psychoanal) the activity of the mind in regulating impulses, etc, from the unconscious so that they are modified before reaching the conscious mind
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Word Origin and History for censor-ship

censorship

n.

1590s, "office of a censor," from censor (n.) + -ship. Meaning "action of censoring" is from 1824.

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