1. the act or practice of censoring.
  2. the office or power of a censor.
  3. the time during which a censor holds office.
  4. the inhibiting and distorting activity of the Freudian censor.


  1. a policy or programme of censoring
  2. the act or system of censoring
  3. psychoanal the activity of the mind in regulating impulses, etc, from the unconscious so that they are modified before reaching the conscious mind

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

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