Censor and censure | Words confused

These words are often confused.

To censure is to reprimand, rebuke, admonish or criticize.

  • The minister censured the reporters for publicizing the scandal.
  • The teacher censured the student for missing his deadlines.
  • Father censured me for skipping my classes.

As a noun censure means rebuke, criticism, admonition or reprimand.

  • The sleeping cop received a strong censure from his senior officer.


To censor is to prohibit or remove objectionable material from a book, play or movie.

  • The censor insisted that certain scenes should be removed from the movie.

Censorship is the practice of removing objectionable content.

  • Internet censorship exists in many countries.

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