- the act, system, or practice of censoring
- the office or term of a Roman censor
- Psychoanalysis the agency by which unpleasant ideas, memories, etc. are kept from entering consciousness, except symbolically as in dreams
The definition of censorship is the practice of limiting access to information, ideas or books in order to prevent knowledge or freedom of thought.
Banning controversial books is an example of censorship.
- The act, process, or practice of censoring.
- The office or authority of a Roman censor.
- Psychology Prevention of disturbing or painful thoughts or feelings from reaching consciousness except in a disguised form.
(countable and uncountable, plural censorships)
From censor + -ship.
- He wrote according to order, and no question of censorship arose.
- There was no freedom of the press, however, until 1821, when the abolition of the censorship and the constitutional struggle in Portugal gave rise to a politicaldiscussion that marked the opening of a new era in the development of the nation, and aroused an intellectual activity that has been highly productive in journalistic and polemical writings.
- Gerlach (1872), dealing especially with the censorship of Claudius.
- In the second part of the constitution the pope deals with the censorship of books.
- The tendency towards a stricter censorship was shown by a proposal which was carried through the Prussian parliament for controlling the instruction given at the universities by the Privatdozenten.