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 (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.


the expurgation of a literary work in a highly prudish manner. Also bowdlerization. — bowdlerize, v.
See also: Literature
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Noun1.Bowdlerism - censorship in the form of prudish expurgation
censoring, censorship - deleting parts of publications or correspondence or theatrical performances
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Examples of bowdlerism range from Chinese and Portuguese evasion of descriptive sex scenes to ignoring an important plot line, as in a translation of Faulkner.
Bowdlerism is no more appealing when it is presented in the language of deconstruction and social theory.
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.