bowdlerizing

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
 
n

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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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bowdlerizing [(bohd-luh-reye-zing, bowd-luh-reye-zing)]

Amending a book by removing passages and words deemed obscene or objectionable (see obscenity). The name comes from Thomas Bowdler's 1818 edition of the plays of William Shakespeare, which was amended so that it could “be read aloud in a family.”

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