censorship
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈsɛnsəˌʃɪp/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɛnsɚˌʃɪp/
Noun

censorship

  1. The use of state or group power to control freedom of expression or press, such as passing laws to prevent media from being published or propagated.
    • 1899, A. C. Benson, The life of Edward White Benson, sometime Archbishop of Canterbury: Volume 1
      […] such a curious thing — it is the only thing left of the old censorship of the press."
    • 2012, Alejandro Herrero-Olaizola, Censorship Files, The: Latin American Writers and Franco's Spain
      The Infantes had contacts among left-wing groups that opposed the dictatorial regime in Spain and their visibility in these circles was a serious concern for the censorship authorities […]
  2. (historical) The role of the censor magistrate in Ancient Rome.
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