‘Censure’ or ‘censor’?

Censure and censor are frequently confused. Both words can function as verbs and nouns, but censure means ‘express severe disapproval of’, for example:

The man was censured for his crimes.

Or ‘the expression of severe disapproval’:

Two people were singled out for censure.

While censor means ‘to examine (a book, film, etc.) and suppress unacceptable parts of it’:

The letters she received were censored.

Or ‘an official who censors books, films, etc.’:

The censor had scenes removed from the film.


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