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Definition of bowdlerize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈbaʊdləˌraɪz//
bowdlerize something (usually disapproving)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bowdlerize
he / she / it bowdlerizes
past simple bowdlerized
-ing form bowdlerizing
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to remove the parts of a book, play, etc. that you think are likely to shock or offend people Named after Dr. Thomas Bowdler, who in 1818 produced a version of Shakespeare from which he had taken out all the material which he considered not suitable for family use. synonym expurgate
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