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Meaning of BOWDLERIZE

Pronunciation:  'bowdlu`rIz

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
 

BOWDLERIZE is a 10 letter word that starts with B.

 

 Synonyms: bowdlerise, castrate, expurgate, shorten
 
 See Also: abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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.

      It is a grave defect in the splendid tale of Tom Jones
      . . . that a Bowlderized version of it would be hardly
      intelligible as a tale.                  --F. Harrison.
-- {Bowd`ler*i*za"tion}, n. -- {Bowd"ler*ism}, n.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abbreviate, abridge, bleach, blot out, blue-pencil, cancel, censor, clean, clean out, clean up, cleanse, clear out, cross out, cut, delete, delouse, depurate, deterge, dry-clean, dust, dust off, edit, edit out, erase, expunge, expurgate, freshen, kill, lustrate, omit, purge, purify, reform, rescind, rub out, scavenge, spruce, steam-clean, strike, strike off, strike out, sweep out, sweeten, tidy, void, whiten, wipe, wipe off, wipe out, wipe up
 

 

 

 

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