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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·i·za′tion (-lər-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
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(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
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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]
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Past participle: bowdlerized
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|Verb||1.||bowdlerize - edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"|
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verb censor, cut, clean up, blue-pencil, expurgate, sanitize She had ceased to bowdlerize her storytelling.
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bowdlerize[ˈbaʊdləraɪz] VT [+ book] → expurgar
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bowdlerize[ˈbaʊdləraɪz] bowdlerise (British) vt → expurger
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bowdlerize[ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz] vt → espurgare
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