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Censorship, especially in the arts, on the basis of perceived immorality or obscenity.
[After Anthony Comstock.]
comstockery(ˈkʌmˌstɒkərɪ; ˈkɒm-) or
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) US immoderate censorship on grounds of immorality
[C20: coined by G. B. Shaw (1905) after Anthony Comstock (1844–1915), US moral crusader, who founded the Society for the Suppression of Vice]
Com•stock•er•y(ˈkʌm stɒk ə ri, ˈkɒm-)
(sometimes l.c.) censorship or vigorous condemnation of literary and artistic works for alleged obscenity; prudery.
the act or policy of censorship or expurgation on moral grounds, after Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), campaigner against vice.See also: Obscenity