Bowdlerize meaning

bōdlə-rīz, boud-
To remove material that is considered offensive or objectionable from (a book, for example); expurgate.
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To remove passages considered offensive from (a book, play, etc.)
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Alternative form of bowdlerize.
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Origin of bowdlerize

  • After Thomas Bowdler (1754–1825), who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition