I always assumed that the word censorious meant someone or something that is given to censorship. Like if you say that a community, an organization, or a person is overly-censorious, that means they frequently or unnecessarily censor content. But I just looked up the word in my favorite dictionary and found that censorious has a different meaning than what I thought:
- Addicted to censure and scolding; apt to blame or condemn; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners.
- Implying or expressing censure.
So, a censorious person is not a person who is quick to censor. Too bad, because I thought that was a useful word!
Is there an actual word that means "being given to excessive censorship"?
Example: I might criticize a film distributor as being _____ because they often censor controversial content whenever they release a new edition of a classic film.