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censor

(sĕn`sər), title of two magistrates of ancient Rome (from c.443 B.C. to the time of Domitian). They took the census (by which they assessed taxation, voting, and military service) and supervised public behavior. They also had charge of public works and filled vacancies among the senators and knights.

Censor

 

in ancient Rome, one of the highest magistracies. There were two censors, who were elected by the comitia centuriata (Centuriate Assembly) once every five years. According to classical tradition, the office was created in 443 B.C. Originally held only by patricians, it was opened to plebeians in 351 B.C. The censors conducted the census, supervised morals, compiled lists of senators and equites (after the late fourth century), and administered state finances. The office gradually lost its importance, and under Sulla the censors were essentially deprived of their authority. Beginning with Julius Caesar in the mid-first century B.C, the Roman ruler assumed the power of the censors. Subsequently, in the imperial age the office was eliminated.

censor

1. (in republican Rome) either of two senior magistrates elected to keep the list of citizens up to date, control aspects of public finance, and supervise public morals
2. Psychoanal the postulated factor responsible for regulating the translation of ideas and desires from the unconscious to the conscious mind
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They reappear; but this substitution marks an ominous change in censorial method.
And if there is only one complaint about a title in a given time frame, what is the justification for censorial action by the institution anyway?
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SHRO-Cairo alarmed repeatedly, the systematic harassment of civil society groups by the Presidency and the National Security and Intelligence Service, in addition to the Publications and Press Council which exercises harsh censorial powers over journalists and the Press, "will jeopardize the upcoming national elections.
Few of her scripts were realized into actual films, and when some did, like Love in the Internet Age and Dream House, the results, after both directorial and censorial interventions, are far from her original visions.
If she needed to obscure her identity because women did not write for the stage or because, as Hudson believes, the plays encrypt a deeply subversive allegorical message that would never have withstood censorial scrutiny, then Shakespeare was at hand.
What the actors are asking for here is a rebuke to Charles Killigrew, Master of the Revels, and for assurances that the current system of theatrical regulation would remain in place, dressed as a desire for increased censorial control.
Given the censorial concerns about ads presented during the Super-Bowl, his professorial interpretation would have been interesting.
And, of course, we have more than a few centuries worth of censorial speech, militarist jingoism, and nationalist propaganda, much of it protected or promulgated by law and law's verbal minions.
Vague sexual undercurrents regarding prevalent white southern miscegenation fears ran beneath Binford's censorial opposition to "social equality," but their flow became a gush as the 1950s civil rights movement took formal shape and began pushing for integration.
They must live up to higher standards of thought and action, at once analytical, judgmental, even censorial, in the very context of the conservative mind at a maximal point of development.