by Kitty Nash
"Censor" as a noun means any official examiner of books, plays, etc., empowered to suppress them if they are found to be politically or morally objectionable. Example: Is there a censor for our library? "Censor" can also be used as a verb meaning examine or suppress. Example: Many movies have to be censored before they are put on TV.
"Censure" means the expression of disapproval or blame, strong criticism, reprimand. Example: Will we be censured for our article?
Practice What You've Learned
Click to select the correct word usage in the following sentences.
The Senate ( censored ) ( censured ) the senator for his remarks. ? 2.
The library committee will act as a ( censor ) ( censure ) for the library. ? 3.
Removing books from libraries because of their contents is an act of a ( censor ) ( censure ). ? 4.
Will I be ( censored ) ( censured ) by the board of directors? ? 5.
Some governments have official ( censors ) ( censures ) for news reports. ? 6.
To receive criticism for something I have done is to say I have been ( censored ) ( censured ). ? 7.
A ( censor ) ( censure ) is a person or group who can suppress something they do not like. ? 8.
A ( censor ) ( censure ) is an expression of disapproval or blame. ? 9.
If a person has received adverse criticism for some act, the person has been ( censored ) ( censured ) for this act. ? 10.
Please don't ( censor ) ( censure ) me for doing what I did. ? 11.
Does that group want to ( censor ) ( censure ) some books in our library? ? 12.
Removing books from the library because someone finds them objectionable may be the act of a ( censor ) ( censure ). ? 13.
Houses of Congress may ( censor ) ( censure ) their members for wrongdoing. ? 14.
May a person who has been ( censored ) ( censured ) remain in Congress? ? 15.
An impeachment is a constitutional provision to ( censor ) ( censure ) a federal official and possibly remove him/her from office. ? 16.
Will the committee act as a ( censor ) ( censure ) for the newspaper? ? 17.
In a democracy we have no official ( censors ) ( censures ) of communication. ? 18.
In a controlled society all news is ( censored ) ( censured ) before it is given to the people. ? 19.
Burning books as was done in Nazi Germany was an attempt to ( censor ) ( censure ) what people could read. ? 20.
A government that controls what its people read should be ( censored ) ( censured ).