bowdlerize

[bohd-luh-rahyz, boud-] /ˈboʊd ləˌraɪz, ˈbaʊd-/
verb (used with object), bowdlerized, bowdlerizing.
1.
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
Related forms
bowdlerism, noun
bowdlerization, noun
bowdlerizer, noun
unbowdlerized, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for bowdlerize
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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Word Origin and History for bowdlerize
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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