to remove passages considered offensive from (a book, play, etc.)
Origin of bowdlerizeafter Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), Eng editor who (1818) published an expurgated Shakespeare
transitive verbbowd·ler·ized, bowd·ler·iz·ing, bowd·ler·iz·es
To remove material that is considered offensive or objectionable from (a book, for example); expurgate.
Origin of bowdlerizeAfter Thomas Bowdler, (1754–1825), who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818.
(third-person singular simple present Bowdlerizes, present participle Bowdlerizing, simple past and past participle Bowdlerized)
- Alternative form of bowdlerize.