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bowdlerize

verb

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to remove objectionable parts from
  • a bowdlerized version of "Gulliver's Travels" that purportedly makes it unobjectionable for children

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“Bowdlerize.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/bowdlerize. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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