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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
References in periodicals archive ?
Blackshield, Constitutionalism and Comstockery, 14 U.
Haney, Comstockery in America: Patterns of Censorship and Control (Boston: Beacon Hill, 1960); Jay A.
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.