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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.bowdlerizer - a person who edits a text by removing obscene or offensive words or passages; "Thomas Bowdler was a famous expurgator"
editor, editor in chief - a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine)
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