Bowd"ler*ize(?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Bowdlerized (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Bowdlerizing (?).] [After Dr. Thomas Bowdler, an English physician, who published an expurgated edition of Shakespeare in 1818.] To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts considered offensive; to remove morally objectionable parts; -- said of literary texts.
Syn. -- bowdlerise, expurgate, shorten, cut.
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
It is a grave defect in the splendid tale of Tom Jones . . . that a Bowdlerized version of it would be hardly intelligible as a tale.F. Harrison.
-- Bowd`ler*i*za"tion (#),
n. -- Bowd"ler*ism (#),
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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