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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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|Noun||1.||bowdlerizer - a person who edits a text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages; "Thomas Bowdler was a famous expurgator"|
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