bowdlerisation

World English Dictionary
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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bowdlerisation

noun
1. written material that has been bowdlerized [syn: bowdlerization
2. the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent [syn: bowdlerization
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