|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.||psychoanal See also superego the postulated factor responsible for regulating the translation of ideas and desires from the unconscious to the conscious mind|
|5.||to ban or cut portions of (a publication, film, letter, etc)|
|6.||to act as a censor of (behaviour, etc)|
|[C16: from Latin, from cēnsēre to consider, assess]|
censor cen·sor (sěn'sər)
The hypothetical agent in the unconscious mind that is responsible for suppressing unconscious thoughts and wishes.
in ancient Rome, a magistrate whose original functions of registering citizens and their property were greatly expanded to include supervision of senatorial rolls and moral conduct. Censors also assessed property for taxation and contracts, penalized moral offenders by removing their public rights, such as voting and tribe membership, and presided at the lustrum ceremonies of purification at the close of each census. The censorship was instituted in 443 BC and discontinued in 22 BC, when the emperors assumed censorial powers
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