bowdlerism

bowdlerize

[bohd-luh-rahyz, boud-]
verb (used with object), bowdlerized, bowdlerizing.
to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable.
Also, especially British, bowdlerise.


Origin:
1830–40; after Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), English editor of an expurgated edition of Shakespeare

bowdlerism, noun
bowdlerization, noun
bowdlerizer, noun
unbowdlerized, adjective
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bowdlerize or bowdlerise (ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to remove passages or words regarded as indecent from (a play, novel, etc); expurgate
 
[C19: after Thomas Bowdler (1754--1825), English editor who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare]
 
bowdlerise or bowdlerise
 
vb
 
[C19: after Thomas Bowdler (1754--1825), English editor who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare]
 
bowdleri'zation or bowdlerise
 
n
 
bowdleri'sation or bowdlerise
 
n
 
'bowdlerizer or bowdlerise
 
n
 
'bowdleriser or bowdlerise
 
n
 
'bowdlerism or bowdlerise
 
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bowdlerize
1836, from Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), English editor who in 1818 published a notorious expurgated Shakespeare, in which, according to his frontspiece, "nothing is added to the original text; but those words and expressions omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family."
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