bowdlerizer


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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.
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Noun1.bowdlerizer - a person who edits a text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages; "Thomas Bowdler was a famous expurgator"
editor, editor in chief - a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine)
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Quite surprisingly, Mihnea Gheorghiu, the prudish apparatchik and bowdlerizer of the 1950s, turns out to be a misogynist who chooses to use vulgar language where Shakespeare's character uses innocent metaphor.
Of course," the politically correct bowdlerizer remonstrated, "we'll have to delete that line.
But unfortunately for Sophia, the image he drew of her in his "Introduction" to The American Notebooks (1932) stuck like glue: she was the madwoman with the scissors, the bowdlerizer of the author's journals, motivated by Victorian principles against which twentieth-century readers chafed.