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bowdlerisation | bowdlerise | bowdleriser | bowdlerism | bowdlerization | bowdlerize | bowdlerizer | bowed | bowed down | bowed stringed instrument | bowel


Verb (transitive)


bowdlerizev. t. [After Dr. Thomas Bowdler, an English physician, who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818.].
     To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts considered offensive; to remove morally objectionable parts; -- said of literary texts.  [1913 Webster]
    "It is a grave defect in the splendid tale of Tom Jones . . . that a Bowdlerized version of it would be hardly intelligible as a tale."  [1913 Webster]


bowdlerize, v.tr. (also -ise) expurgate (a book etc.).

bowdlerism n. bowdlerization n.
T. Bowdler (d. 1825), expurgator of Shakesp.



abbreviate, abridge, bleach, blot out, blue-pencil, cancel, censor, clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse, clear out, cross out, cut, delete, delouse, depurate, deterge, dry-clean, dust, dust off, edit, edit out, erase, expunge, expurgate, freshen, kill, lustrate, omit, purge, purify, reform, rescind, rub out, scavenge, spruce, steam-clean, strike, strike off, strike out, sweep out, sweeten, tidy, void, whiten, wipe, wipe off, wipe out, wipe up

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