ETYM Latin censor, from censere to value, tax.
(psychology) In Freudian psychology, the psychic function that prevents unacceptable unconscious impulses from reaching the conscious mind. This function leads to repression of intolerable ideas, memories, or impulses.
This view of the censor as a mechanism of repression has received considerable criticism, notably from French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre in L’Etre et le néant/Being and Nothingness 1943. (magistrate) In ancient Rome, either of two senior magistrates, high officials elected every five years to hold office for 18 months. Their responsibilities included public morality, a census of the citizens, and a revision of the senatorial list.
(Homonym: censer, sensor).
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.