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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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Present
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Preterite
I bowdlerized
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Present Continuous
I am bowdlerizing
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Present Perfect
I have bowdlerized
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Past Continuous
I was bowdlerizing
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Past Perfect
I had bowdlerized
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Future
I will bowdlerize
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Future Perfect
I will have bowdlerized
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Future Continuous
I will be bowdlerizing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been bowdlerizing
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would bowdlerize
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Past Conditional
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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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Author Streshinsky notes in her foreword that a great many of Audubon's journals were later destroyed or bowdlerized by family members after his death.
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Around me, spread over the ground on the old wooden floor that has turned gray, generations of dust and sand clogged between its boards, on the little chest of drawers, also white, whose paint is flaking off, on the half-empty Formica shelves, where only cast-off books are still lying around--a biography of Marie Stuart from the children's "pink library" series, presumably a bowdlerized version, an illustrated Famous Five adventure (from when the series was in its decline), and, on the other bed, empty (my cousins are older than me, we never have to sleep in the same room), there are boxes everywhere.
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