censorship

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From censor +‎ -ship.

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censorship (countable and uncountable, plural censorships)

  1. The use of state or group power to control freedom of expression or press, such as passing laws to prevent media from being published or propagated.
    • 1899, Arthur Christopher Benson, The life of Edward White Benson, sometime Archbishop of Canterbury: Volume 1
      such a curious thing — it is the only thing left of the old censorship of the press."
    I think that censorship is an admission that you have lost an argument

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