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or (especially British) bowdlerise

[bohd-luh-rahyz, boud-] /ˈboʊd ləˌraɪz, ˈbaʊd-/
verb (used with object), bowdlerized, bowdlerizing.
to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable.
Origin of bowdlerize
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for unbowdlerized


(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 unbowdlerized



1836, from Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), English editor who in 1818 published a notorious expurgated Shakespeare, in which, according to his frontispiece, "nothing is added to the original text; but those words and expressions omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family." Related: Bowdlerized; bowdlerizing.

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