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bowd·ler·ize

 (bōd′lə-rīz′, boud′-)
tr.v. bowd·ler·ized, bowd·ler·iz·ing, bowd·ler·iz·es
To remove material that is considered offensive or objectionable from (a book, for example); expurgate.

[After Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818.]

bowd′ler·ism n.
bowd′ler·i·za′tion (-lər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
bowd′ler·iz′er n.

bowdlerize

(ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz) or

bowdlerise

vb
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) (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]
ˌbowdleriˈzation, ˌbowdleriˈsation n
ˈbowdlerˌizer, ˈbowdlerˌiser n
ˈbowdlerism n

bowd•ler•ize

(ˈboʊd ləˌraɪz, ˈbaʊd-)

v.t. -ized, -iz•ing.
to expurgate (a play, novel, or other written work) by removing or changing passages one considers vulgar or objectionable.
[1830–40; after Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), English editor]
bowd′ler•ism, n.
bowd`ler•i•za′tion, n.
bowd′ler•iz`er, n.

bowdlerize


Past participle: bowdlerized
Gerund: bowdlerizing

Imperative
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bowdlerize
Present
I bowdlerize
you bowdlerize
he/she/it bowdlerizes
we bowdlerize
you bowdlerize
they bowdlerize
Preterite
I bowdlerized
you bowdlerized
he/she/it bowdlerized
we bowdlerized
you bowdlerized
they bowdlerized
Present Continuous
I am bowdlerizing
you are bowdlerizing
he/she/it is bowdlerizing
we are bowdlerizing
you are bowdlerizing
they are bowdlerizing
Present Perfect
I have bowdlerized
you have bowdlerized
he/she/it has bowdlerized
we have bowdlerized
you have bowdlerized
they have bowdlerized
Past Continuous
I was bowdlerizing
you were bowdlerizing
he/she/it was bowdlerizing
we were bowdlerizing
you were bowdlerizing
they were bowdlerizing
Past Perfect
I had bowdlerized
you had bowdlerized
he/she/it had bowdlerized
we had bowdlerized
you had bowdlerized
they had bowdlerized
Future
I will bowdlerize
you will bowdlerize
he/she/it will bowdlerize
we will bowdlerize
you will bowdlerize
they will bowdlerize
Future Perfect
I will have bowdlerized
you will have bowdlerized
he/she/it will have bowdlerized
we will have bowdlerized
you will have bowdlerized
they will have bowdlerized
Future Continuous
I will be bowdlerizing
you will be bowdlerizing
he/she/it will be bowdlerizing
we will be bowdlerizing
you will be bowdlerizing
they will be bowdlerizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bowdlerizing
you have been bowdlerizing
he/she/it has been bowdlerizing
we have been bowdlerizing
you have been bowdlerizing
they have been bowdlerizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been bowdlerizing
you will have been bowdlerizing
he/she/it will have been bowdlerizing
we will have been bowdlerizing
you will have been bowdlerizing
they will have been bowdlerizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been bowdlerizing
you had been bowdlerizing
he/she/it had been bowdlerizing
we had been bowdlerizing
you had been bowdlerizing
they had been bowdlerizing
Conditional
I would bowdlerize
you would bowdlerize
he/she/it would bowdlerize
we would bowdlerize
you would bowdlerize
they would bowdlerize
Past Conditional
I would have bowdlerized
you would have bowdlerized
he/she/it would have bowdlerized
we would have bowdlerized
you would have bowdlerized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bowdlerize - edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
abbreviate, abridge, foreshorten, shorten, contract, reduce, cut - reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"

bowdlerize

verb censor, cut, clean up, blue-pencil, expurgate, sanitize She had ceased to bowdlerize her storytelling.

bowdlerize

verb
To examine (material) and remove parts considered harmful or improper for publication or transmission:
Translations

bowdlerize

[ˈbaʊdləraɪz] VT [+ book] → expurgar

bowdlerize

[ˈbaʊdləraɪz] bowdlerise (British) vtexpurger

bowdlerize

vt bookvon anstößigen Stellen säubern, reinigen; a bowdlerized versioneine zensierte Ausgabe

bowdlerize

[ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz] vtespurgare
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Unlike a surprisingly large number of anthologists of modern Chinese literature, he has responsibly taken the trouble to consult pre-1949 editions in order to restore post-1949 deletions of politically incorrect passages while excising latter-day ideological additions and assorted bowdlerisms.