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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.
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Noun1.bowdlerization - written material that has been bowdlerized
piece of writing, written material, writing - the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect); "the writing in her novels is excellent"; "that editorial was a fine piece of writing"
2.bowdlerization - the act of deleting or modifying all passages considered to be indecent
expurgation, castration - the deletion of objectionable parts from a literary work
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[ˌbaʊdləraɪˈzeɪʃən] Nexpurgación f
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And these trends--privacy invasion, corruption of language, cultural drivel and mental debris (prolefeed), bowdlerization (or "rectification") of history, vanquishing of objective truth--persist in our own time.
Bowdlerization of the tales was by no means confined to a particular era, locality, or political predisposition.
Was it truly a Bowdlerization of the original, or simply an attempt in reaching out to new Rizal readers through a more modern, 'hip' translation?
The three (mis)interpretations of Romney's poetic intentions represented in Aurora Leigh constitute the author's warning to readers about what will happen if the art of the drama continues to be judged based on its ability to draw a crowd to the London playhouse: "legitimate" genres such as Shakespeare will continue to be desecrated by poor adaptation and bowdlerization, and "illegitimate" genres such melodrama will infiltrate dramatic artists' works and dominate the stage.
Other aspects of the media are serious--the violent films, the trashy talk shows, the bowdlerization of the news.
As far as I can fathom, this is a bowdlerization of Abraham Lincoln's name, who, after all, was president of the actual United States of America at the time when Secretary of State Seward bought Alaska from Russia, an act that prompted the term "Seward's icebox." In any case, Nabokov revels in his ability through verbal conjuring to create a fictional realm in which we can be absolutely certain of absolutely nothing.
"The Eunuch Castrated: Bowdlerization in the Text of the Westminster Latin Play." IJCT 15.1: 16-28.
The museum modified the text to abjure some potentially sensitive reference to the government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration codes, though the presence of a second label just draws attention to the bowdlerization. It seems fitting, this staging of internal compromises, since the wall, in fact, has its own history: It first appeared as a prop in the exhibition "Landing Field: Vito Acconci and Yve Laris Cohen" at the Hessel Museum of Art and CCS Galleries at Bard College last spring, accruing its own dancing wear and tear as well as a history of its frictions-battle scars.
For an ampler debate on the censorship and bowdlerization of Shakespeare in the translations issued in Communist Romania, see G.
George Volceanov argues that Shakespeare translations in Communist Romania were appropriated while self-censorship, bowdlerization, and misleading prefaces, commentaries and reviews contributed to the invention of a "Shakespeare for all people" in the light of Marxist-Leninist ideology.
The best-known example of such later bowdlerization is to be found in the treatment of what has become the most celebrated of the Jone o'Grinfilt sequence, a poem sometimes called in broadsides Jone o'Grinfilt 2, but more popularly known as Th'Owdham Weaver.