Censor, Sensor, and Censure

What is the difference between censor, sensor, and censure?

To censor means to forbid.
A sensor is a detector.
Censure is displeasure.

Censor, Sensor, Censure

Writers sometimes confuse censor and sensor. Even though they sound identical, their meanings are quite different (i.e., they're homonyms). As censure sounds similar, we've included it on this page, but errors involving censure are far rarer than with censor and sensor.


The verb to censor means to forbid public distribution of something (usually a film or a newspaper).



The noun sensor denotes a detector of a stimulus (such as heat, light, motion, pressure).



The noun censure denotes a formal rebuke or official displeasure.


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