verb (used with object), bowd·ler·ized, bowd·ler·iz·ing.
Origin of bowdlerize
Examples from the Web for bowdlerize
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
Word Origin for bowdlerize
Word Origin and History for bowdlerize
1836, from Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), English editor who in 1818 published a notorious expurgated Shakespeare, in which, according to his frontispiece, "nothing is added to the original text; but those words and expressions omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family." Related: Bowdlerized; bowdlerizing.