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Censer vs censor vs censure vs sensor

These words are commonly confused and misspelled because their pronunciations can be extremely similar.


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censer is an object used to hold incense, usually with holes so the smoke may escape and sometimes on a chain to be swung during religious ceremonies.

To censor something is to remove content from media which is deemed to be hurtful or offensive. This is usually governed by a government or ruling body. A censor is someone who censors.

censure (pronounced sen sher) is a criticism or judgement, sometimes from an official source. One may also be censured.

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