censorship

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From censor +‎ -ship.

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censorship (countable and uncountable, plural censorships)

  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, Arthur Christopher 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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