bowdlerize[bo̵ud′lər īz′, bōd′-]
transitive verbbowd·ler·ized, bowd·ler·iz·ing, bowd·ler·iz·es
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)
From Thomas Bowdler, who in 1818 published a censored version of Shakespeare, expurgating "those words and expressions... which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family."