Bowdlerize

Definition of Bowdlerize

Bowd´ler`ize
v. t.1.To expurgate, as a book, by omitting or modifying the parts considered offensive; to remove morally objectionable parts; - said of literary texts.
[imp. & p. p. Bowdlerized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Bowdlerizing .]
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.

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