bowd·​ler·​ized | \ ˈbōd-lə-ˌrīzd How to pronounce bowdlerized (audio) , ˈbau̇d- \

Definition of bowdlerized

: 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

First Known Use of bowdlerized

1879, in the meaning defined above

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“Bowdlerized.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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