"Censure" vs "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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