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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


[ˌbaʊdləraɪˈzeɪʃən] Nexpurgación f
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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?
Other aspects of the media are serious--the violent films, the trashy talk shows, the bowdlerization of the news.
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The Eunuch Castrated: Bowdlerization in the Text of the Westminster Latin Play.
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.
The overwhelming majority of them called Gribben's editorial decisions a form of Bowdlerization, evoking the actions of Thomas Bowdler, who in 1807 created what he deemed a more family-friendly version of Shakespeare plays that eliminated certain references to sex, suicide and strong language.
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.
For an ampler debate on the censorship and bowdlerization of Shakespeare in the translations issued in Communist Romania, see G.
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.
While Wood levels the charge of hegemony against many objects in her range of view, the book offers no analysis of how to distinguish between translation, adaptation, and bowdlerization, or between different creative opinions, limited resources, and censorship.
Cinematic bowdlerization "disappears" this scene altogether in the three most easily available versions of the play--the Olivier 1973 production, Trevor Nunn's 2001 PBS version, and the Michael Radford-Al Pacino 2004 film--a tactic which might well be preferable to those productions staged to make the couple appear disillusioned with and alienated from each other.
James Hankins, for example, has shown that, as a translator, Leonardo Bruni took the route of "selection, bowdlerization, and suppression" in order to make Plato seem more acceptable to Christian readers.