A censor takes out things that are objectionable or inappropriate, like the censors at the TV networks bleeping out all the bad words in a show.

To put it simply, a censor judges. Originating in the 1530’s, a censor was originally a Roman magistrate who took censuses and oversaw public morals. Censors today are hired by TV stations, publishers and the government to examine books, films and other material and strip out or flag all the amoral, offensive or otherwise bad stuff. Thankfully, in the U.S. free speech usually wins out over censorship.

Definitions of censor
  1. noun
    a person who is authorized to read publications or correspondence or to watch theatrical performances and suppress in whole or in part anything considered obscene or politically unacceptable
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    type of:
    functionary, official
    a worker who holds or is invested with an office
  2. verb
    subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
    “This magazine is censored by the government”
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    blue-pencil, delete, edit
    cut or eliminate
    type of:
    appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
    evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of
  3. verb
    forbid the public distribution of ( a movie or a newspaper)
    synonyms: ban
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    ban the publication of (documents), as for security or copyright reasons
    type of:
    criminalise, criminalize, illegalise, illegalize, outlaw
    declare illegal; outlaw
  4. noun
    someone who censures or condemns
Commonly confused words

sensor / censor / censer

These words sound the same, but a sensor is a device, a censor is a person who cuts potentially offensive material from a text or broadcast, and a censer is a container for incense.

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