Censer vs. Censor vs. Censure vs. Sensor

Lexical Vexations

censer n. a container in which incense is burned.

censor n. one who decides which cultural products are fit for consumption and which ought to be altered or banned; v. to ban cultural products.

censure n. disapproval; an official reprimand.

sensor n. a device designed to detect a specific stimulus or stimuli.

Words in the Wild: The sensor picked up  the sound of the students returning to the common room and the whispered conversation passing between them. “Ack! I forgot my copy of The Amber Spyglass in the chapel and brought this censer back here by mistake,” said Martin. “Uh-oh,” Garnet replied, “that book’s been censored! You’d better go make the switch before you’re censured by the headmaster.”

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