meaning of bowdlerize

bowdlerize meaning in General Dictionary

To expurgate as a novel by omitting or changing the components considered unpleasant to remove morally objectionable components stated of literary texts

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  • edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate

bowdlerize meaning in Etymology Dictionary

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.