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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
1830-1840
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
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Examples for bowdlerized
  • Even after the original plan was bowdlerized, a lot of interesting data remained.
British Dictionary definitions for bowdlerized

bowdlerize

/ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to remove passages or words regarded as indecent from (a play, novel, etc); expurgate
Derived Forms
bowdlerization, bowdlerisation, noun
bowdlerizer, bowdleriser, noun
bowdlerism, noun
Word Origin
C19: after Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), English editor who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare
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Word Origin and History for bowdlerized
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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