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Synonyms and Antonyms of red–pencil

  1. 1 to remove errors, defects, deficiencies, or deviations from <the magazine claims that every article is red-penciled by a team of fact checkers before it ever sees the light of print> Synonyms amend, debug, emend, rectify, red-pencil, reform, remedyRelated Words redraft, redraw, restyle, revise, rework, rewrite; blue-pencil, cut, shorten; redress, right; ameliorate, better, improve; perfect, polish, touch up; fix, mend, repair; adjust, modulate, regulate; alter, change, modifyNear Antonyms damage, harm, hurt, impair, injure, mar, spoil; aggravate, worsen

  2. 2 to remove objectionable parts from <a television script that had been heavily red-penciled in abject surrender to political correctness> Synonyms bowdlerize, clean (up), expurgate, launder, red-pencilRelated Words cleanse, purge, purify; abbreviate, blue-pencil, edit, shorten; bleep, blip, cut (out), delete, excise, expunge, gut, x (out); black out, repress, silence, suppress; censure, condemn, denounce; examine, review, screen, scrutinizeNear Antonyms approve, authorize, sanction

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to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

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