bowdlerized

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adjective bowd·ler·ized \ˈbōd-lə-ˌrīzd, ˈbau̇d-\

Definition of bowdlerized

  1. :  altered to remove or modify elements considered objectionable or potentially offensive In February PBS advised member stations to air a bowdlerized version of a Frontline documentary about the war in Iraq because the uncut version also had soldiers swearing. — James Poniewozik … like all unexpurgated books it is an improvement on the bowdlerized version, if only because it has more sex. — Katha Pollitt

1879

First Known Use of bowdlerized

1879


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