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[sen-ser-ship] /ˈsɛn sərˌʃɪp/
the act or practice of censoring.
the office or power of a censor.
the time during which a censor holds office.
the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor.
Origin of censorship
1585-95; censor + -ship
Related forms
anticensorship, adjective
precensorship, noun
procensorship, adjective
self-censorship, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for censorship
  • But it has also proved a breeding ground for fraud and a target of censorship.
  • History tells us that they were twice consuls together, and colleagues in the censorship.
  • In truth, the censorship had scarcely put any restraint on licentiousness or profaneness.
  • But program content and censorship are less important with this age group than with older children, as they don't understand.
  • Apparently the asymmetrical standard is that anything else other the lies offered is evidence of censorship.
  • Imagine someone from the right side of the political spectrum advocating censorship.
  • The government closed borders, banned driving, reinforced censorship and reinstated a six-day workweek.
  • Mining the data set can yield insights into the effects of censorship and propaganda.
  • It then warns against both self-censorship and politicized collegial evaluation.
  • The best remedy for vile speech is better speech not censorship.
British Dictionary definitions for censorship


a policy or programme of censoring
the act or system of censoring
(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 censorship

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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