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bowdlerize

[ bohd-luh-rahyz, boud- ]
/ 藞bo蕣d l蓹藢ra瑟z, 藞ba蕣d- /
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verb (used with object), bowd路ler路ized, bowd路ler路iz路ing.
to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable.
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Also especially British, bowd路ler路ise .

Origin of bowdlerize

1830鈥40; after Thomas Bowdler (1754鈥1825), English editor of an expurgated edition of Shakespeare

OTHER WORDS FROM bowdlerize

bowd路ler路ism, nounbowd路ler路i路za路tion, nounbowd路ler路iz路er, nounun路bowd路ler路ized, adjective
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How to use bowdlerize in a sentence

  • She should not be allowed to disguise and bowdlerize it to suit the unwelcome tastes she had acquired at school.

    Joanna Godden|Sheila Kaye-Smith
  • I have no wish to bowdlerize Sir Richard Steele, his ways and words.

    Essays|Alice Meynell
  • This is called "expurgating" the book; but people who disapprove often call it to bowdlerize.

    Stories That Words Tell Us|Elizabeth O'Neill

British Dictionary definitions for bowdlerize

bowdlerize

bowdlerise

/ (藞ba蕣dl蓹藢ra瑟z) /

verb
(tr) to remove passages or words regarded as indecent from (a play, novel, etc); expurgate

Derived forms of bowdlerize

bowdlerization or bowdlerisation, nounbowdlerizer or bowdleriser, nounbowdlerism, noun

Word Origin for bowdlerize

C19: after Thomas Bowdler (1754鈥1825), English editor who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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