bowdlerize[bo̵ud′lər īz′, bōd′-]
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.