censor

Definitions

General English

  • verb to read books or plays, to watch films, videos or TV programmes to see if they are fit to be published or shown, or to change them, or to say that they cannot be shown or published

Information & Library Science

  • noun a person who decides what may be published, shown or distributed to the general public
  • verb to edit published material or films with regard to what is considered decent for selling, showing or distributing to the general public

Law

  • noun an official whose job is to say whether books, films or TV programmes, etc., are acceptable and can be published or shown to the public
  • verb to say that a book, film or TV programme, etc., cannot be shown or published, e.g. because it is potentially offensive

Media Studies

  • noun an official who examines plays, films or publications with a view to removing or banning content considered to be offensive or a threat to security
  • verb to remove or change any part of a play, film or publication because the content is considered offensive or a threat to security

Military

  • noun a person or organization authorized to examine letters, newspapers, books, radio or television broadcasts, etc., and to suppress any material which is judged to be subversive, obscene, a breach of security, or otherwise unsuitable for release to the general public
  • verb to act as a censor

Politics

  • noun in some countries, an official whose job is to say whether books, films or television programmes are acceptable and can be published or shown to the public
  • noun in some countries, an official whose duty is to prevent the publishing of secret information or of information which may be harmful to the government
  • verb to perform the work of censors
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