bowdlerize

[ bohd-luh-rahyz, boud- ]SEE DEFINITION OF bowdlerize

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I have no wish to bowdlerize Sir Richard Steele, his ways and words.

She should not be allowed to disguise and bowdlerize it to suit the unwelcome tastes she had acquired at school.

This is called "expurgating" the book; but people who disapprove often call it to bowdlerize.

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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