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censor -- as related to censorship
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  • The Chinese devote enormous resources to censoring the Internet.
  • The performer chose Bombay as a good word to rhyme with today, but India’s Central Board of Film Certification censored the word and replaced it with a beep.
  • It’s all there, nothing censored.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • I’m told our letters aren’t censored yet, but may be at any time.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan

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  • They were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind ... official censors, judges, and executors.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • Because I was unsure of my own adult voice and often censored myself, I made up another voice, Esperanza’s, to be my voice and ask the things I needed answers to myself-
    Sandra Cisneros  --  The House on Mango Street
  • Sister Platte was frustrated by the BOP’s effective censorship of her visiting list—international peace figures had tried to gain permission to visit her and had been denied.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Because of censorship it had to be published in Switzerland.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • Jutta sends letters that the school censor blacks out almost completely.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • That guy you met—the censor—his whole job is to track down people who are stupid enough to post these things—
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium

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  • The letter had been opened by the censors—held by them, too: the postmark was over a week old.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • There was the censorship that people pretended didn’t exist, in spite of the celebrated decree of 1922.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Ma said that all letters from Hawaii would be censored; soldiers would read his letter and cross out any information that could help the enemy.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, 1941
  • When he was feeling good, free of self-censor, he tried for coherence with Kit.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • My head doctor says I’m not supposed to censor my thoughts.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • History had already been rewritten, but fragments of the literature of the past survived here and there, imperfectly censored, and so long as one retained one’s knowledge of Oldspeak it was possible to read them.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This censor only lets through a small amount, and often what does come through is only symbolic.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • Catch-22 required that each censored letter bear the censoring officer’s name.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • If you breathe the word ’censorship’ now, they’ll all scream bloody murder.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • In other words, censored books.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • "But," he smiled, "they send along an attendant, a kind of censor, to see that the therapy fails."
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Newspapers were censored and some were closed down, for security reasons they said.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • This was no way to think; but who censored his thinking?
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • There were also the "dais" and the "censors,"—the first who held the cords of the dais, and the others who carried incense before the Holy Sacrament.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Don’t write anything that will bother the censor.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • To get away from wars and censorship and statism and conscription and government control of this and that, of art and science!
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • While he was careful to avoid making a nuisance of his views, to adopt outside his realm an externally un-censoring manner, he enforced them within his family and among the employees at River Valley Farm.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • (There is no point translating that word as it would have to be censored.) He turned and fled up the corridor, Artemis Fowl’s mocking tones carrying down the metal funnel.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Lawrence, for instance, had numerous novels suppressed and undertook a monumental battle with the British censors.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • According to the American Library Association, it is one of the 100 most censored books in the United States.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • When the priest rushed through the streets carrying his precious burden into a sickroom either Esteban or Manuel was to be seen striding behind him, swinging a censor.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The Postcards I’m imposing a severe censorship on myself Several days went by without any word from the philosophy teacher.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He says this, a censor of morals, a very pelican in his piety, who did not scruple, oblivious of the ties of nature, to attempt illicit intercourse with a female domestic drawn from the lowest strata of society!
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • That way we could say what we wanted instead of what the censors said we could say.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • General MacArthur’s headquarters systematically censored all mention of the bomb in Japanese scientific publications, but soon the fruit of the scientists’ calculations became common knowledge among Japanese physicists, doctors, chemists, journalists, professors and, no doubt, those statesmen and military men who were still in circulation.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Yet she judiciously classified the personal intelligence that flowed under her plump fingers, and maintained a prudent censorship over her tongue.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • And the word ’contemporary’ might have reminded him of (The Contemporary)—a painful recollection owing to the censorship.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • "You didn’t know Jack had become our social censor?"
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • Moreover, he had in the audience, a pitiless censor of his deeds and gestures, in the person of our friend Jehan Frollo du Moulin, that little student of yesterday, that "stroller," whom one was sure of encountering all over Paris, anywhere except before the rostrums of the professors.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Exact numbers are impossible to pin down in such a secretive endeavor, but one of the rare reports to appear in the heavily censored Saudi press hints at the massive change shrewdly invested petroleum profits are having on Pakistan’s most impoverished students.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • Then censors would scrutinize it; and finally the "pool" chief would look at each print to decide which was worth transmitting back to the United States via radiophoto, and which to discard.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Liberated from censorship and the need to be inventive, they proceeded cautiously.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • My friend was censoring his creativity in order to fit the imposed criteria.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Take the Tortillas out of Your Poetry
  • The column that was back first was top dog in the camp that evening—the mess hall was theirs, they were first in line to get their packages, first at the private kitchen, first at the C.E.D. to pick up letters or hand in their own to be censored, first at the dispensary, the barber’s, the baths—first everywhere.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • They might have had some natural cause, or they might be due to deliberate censorship by the Overlords.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • During the first few months, I received one letter from Winnie, but it was so heavily censored that not much more than the salutation was left.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • A white censor was standing over me and, like dreams forming a curtain for the safety of sleep, so did my lies form a screen of safety for my living moments.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • Ruth did not want to censor her writing, so she started recording it in a combination of pig Latin, Spanish, and multisyllabic words that she knew her mother would not understand.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter’s Daughter
  • If we’re going to have censorship, I think we ought to have real censorship, not the namby-pamby kind.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Kerry was tall, with humorous gray eyes, and a sudden, attractive smile; he became at once the mentor of the house, reaper of ears that grew too high, censor of conceit, vendor of rare, satirical humor.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
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