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bowdlerize

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verb bowd·ler·ize \ˈbōd-lə-ˌrīz, ˈbau̇d-\

Simple Definition of bowdlerize

  • : to change (a book, play, movie, etc.) by removing parts that could offend people

Full Definition of bowdlerize

bowd·ler·izedbowd·ler·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to expurgate (as a book) by omitting or modifying parts considered vulgar

  3. 2 :  to modify by abridging, simplifying, or distorting in style or content

bowd·ler·i·za·tion play \ˌbōd-lə-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌbau̇d-\ noun
bowd·ler·iz·er noun

Examples of bowdlerize

  1. bowdlerize a classic novel by removing offensive language

  2. <a bowdlerized version of Gulliver's Travels that purportedly makes it unobjectionable for children>



Origin of bowdlerize

Thomas Bowdler †1825 English editor


First Known Use: 1836


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