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 (kŏm′stŏk′ə-rē, kŭm′-)
Censorship, especially in the arts, on the basis of perceived immorality or obscenity.

[After Anthony Comstock.]


(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]


(ˈkʌm stɒk ə ri, ˈkɒm-)

(sometimes l.c.) censorship or vigorous condemnation of literary and artistic works for alleged obscenity; prudery.
[1900–05; after A. Comstock; see -ery]


the act or policy of censorship or expurgation on moral grounds, after Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), campaigner against vice.
See also: Obscenity
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Comstockery - censorship because of perceived obscenity or immorality
censoring, censorship - deleting parts of publications or correspondence or theatrical performances
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Blackshield, Constitutionalism and Comstockery, 14 U.
According to Hendrick, Jones' editors, Maxwell Perkins (who died before the novel was completed) and Burroughs Mitchell had no objections to the potentially controversial language in early drafts sent to them, but Jones was then "blindsided by Scribners' censorship based on its fear of Comstockery and of possible action by the post office" referring to the legacy of US Postal Inspector and anti-pornography crusader Anthony Comstock, who died in 1915 but whose influence persisted well into the twentieth century.
Comstock, autoerigido como guardian y custodio de las buenas conciencias estadunidenses, intento prohibir la representacion de La profesion de la senora Warren por su contenido sobre la prostitucion, ante lo cual el autor, George Bernard Shaw, distinguio a su censor con la palabra comstockery (mojigateria).
Haney, Comstockery in America: Patterns of Censorship and Control (Boston: Beacon Hill, 1960); Jay A.
The disfigurement of so much Renaissance painting and sculpture cannot be blamed simply on recent Comstockery, or on Victorianism, or on eighteenth-century etiquette, or Calvinist Puritanism, or the bigotry that prevailed after the Concil of Trent.
Landers tells the story of a man who wrote in the same manner that he talked, with words pouring out of him like water, a man who could write books the way other people chewed gum, a man who spent his literary career dodging hundreds of slings and arrows from outrageous critics, religious fanatics, and--on more than one occasion--municipal Comstockery.
Indeed, given the incredible freedom of expression we enjoy today, it's tempting to laugh off this latest instance of Comstockery.
For what these stories do--if we can escape what Davenport has called "our end-of-the-century comstockery and liberal puritanism"--is encourage us to question what kind of world we have built for ourselves.