bowdlerization

[ bohd-luh-rahyz, boud- ]SEE DEFINITION OF bowdlerization
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The bowdlerization of Molire and Shakespear on the basis of such a law would leave a surprising quantity of their work intact.

WORD ORIGIN

1836, from Thomas Bowdler (1754-1825), English editor who in 1818 published a notorious expurgated Shakespeare, in which, according to his frontispiece, "nothing is added to the original text; but those words and expressions omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud in a family." Related: Bowdlerized; bowdlerizing.

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