[ bohd-luh-rahyz, boud- ]
/ ˈboʊd ləˌraɪz, ˈbaʊd- /
verb (used with object), bowd·ler·ized, bowd·ler·iz·ing.
to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable.
Words nearby bowdlerize
Also especially British, bowd·ler·ise.
Origin of bowdlerize
1830–40; after Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), English editor of an expurgated edition of Shakespeare
OTHER WORDS FROM bowdlerizebowd·ler·ism, nounbowd·ler·i·za·tion, nounbowd·ler·iz·er, nounun·bowd·ler·ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bowdlerism
/ (ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz) /
(tr) to remove passages or words regarded as indecent from (a play, novel, etc); expurgate
Derived forms of bowdlerizebowdlerization or bowdlerisation, nounbowdlerizer or bowdleriser, nounbowdlerism, noun
Word Origin for bowdlerize
C19: after Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), English editor who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare
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