[kuhm-stok-uh-ree, kom-] /ˈkʌm stɒk ə ri, ˈkɒm-/
overzealous moral censorship of the fine arts and literature, often mistaking outspokenly honest works for salacious ones.
(US) immoderate censorship on grounds of immorality
1905, from Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), founder of New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (1873) and self-appointed crusader against immorality, + -ery. Coined by George Bernard Shaw after Comstock objected to “Mrs. Warren’s Profession.” “Comstockery is the world’s standing joke at the expense of the United States” [Shaw, “New York Times,” Sept. 26, 1905]. The Comstock lode, silver vein in Nevada, was discovered 1859 and first worked by U.S. prospector H.T.P. Comstock (1820-1870).
noun 1. the most valuable deposit of silver ore ever recorded, discovered in 1859 by Henry T. P. Comstock near Virginia City, Nevada. /ˈkʌmˌstɒk; ˈkɒm-/ noun 1. an extensive gold and silver vein in W Nevada, near Virginia City
[kom-simp] /ˈkɒmˌsɪmp/ noun, (sometimes initial capital letter) Informal: Disparaging and Offensive. 1. a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who sympathizes with communists.
/ˈkɒmptənbɜːˈnɛt; -ˈbɜːnɪt/ noun 1. Dame Ivy. 1884–1969, English novelist. Her novels include Men and Wives (1931) and Mother and Son (1955)
/kɒmpˈtɒmɪtə/ noun 1. trademark a high-speed calculating machine: superseded by electronic calculators