[ 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.
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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
Words nearby bowdlerize
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British Dictionary definitions for bowdlerizing
/ (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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Cultural definitions for bowdlerizing
[ (bohd-luh-reye-zing, bowd-luh-reye-zing) ]
Amending a book by removing passages and words deemed obscene or objectionable (see obscenity). The name comes from Thomas Bowdler's 1818 edition of the plays of William Shakespeare, which was amended so that it could “be read aloud in a family.”
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