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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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the act or policy of censorship or expurgation on moral grounds, after Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), campaigner against vice.
See also: Obscenity
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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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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.
"Comstockery and Censorship in Early American Modernism." M.A.
Haney, Comstockery in America: Patterns of Censorship and Control (Boston: Beacon Hill, 1960); Jay A.
Lahey, Texas A&M University, "Vice and Comstockery: Abortion and Birth Control Access and the 19th Century Demographic Transition"
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.
"In an age of suicide jets and anthrax spam," writes Beato, "obscenity cases feel faintly anachronistic, the comfort crimes of the legal system." Indeed, given the incredible freedom of expression we enjoy today, it's tempting to laugh off this latest instance of Comstockery.